Prime Minister Modi calls up Mamata for fight against COVID-19

Ankur Bhattacharya

Kolkata, 28 March : Hailing the efforts of Chief minister Mamata Banerjee in combating COVID-19 to prevent its rapid spread in the state, Prime minister Narendra Modi has promised all assistance to the West Bengal government to tide over the present unprecedented health and economic crisis.

The Prime minister who called up the Chief minister over telephone last night has reportedly expressed satisfaction at the steps taken by the state administration to enforce a complete locked down in the state and several other steps to ensure steady and uninterrupted supply of all essential commodities to the people besides preventing the spread of the disease.

On the other hand the Chief minister also reportedly thanked the Prime minister for announcing an economic package of Rs 1.70 lakh crore yesterday for benefitting the poor and said it was very timely decision taken by the Union government.

The Chief minister also reportedly requested Prime minister Modi to take steps to grant permission to the state for setting up a number of testing centres for the suspected Corona virus patients and ensure supply of enough kits and ventilators for this purpose,to which the Prime minister has reportedly agreed to take immediate steps.

Incidentally, this was the first such direct talks between the two leaders after the break out of the COVID-19 as a pandemic.