The government says Mamata didn't take PM's permission to skip the cyclone review meeting.

Mamta Banerjee Bengal CM in image

On Friday ( 28th May 2021), Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal told that she could not attend the review meeting by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to evaluate the damage caused due to cyclone Yass in Bengal as she was scheduled to meet with other officials in another area of the state. As quoted by ANI news agency, the CM told that " the Prime Minister called a meeting. We did not know that I had a meeting scheduled in Digha. I handed him the report asking for ₹20,000 crore for Digha development and ₹10,000 crore for Sundarban development. I told him that the state government officials had a meeting with me so I took his permission and left." She added that on Saturday, she would conduct an aerial survey of the state.

The Chief Minister tweeted that " after having review meeting in Hingalganj and Sagar, I met the Hon'ble Prime Minister in Kalaikunda and appraised him regarding the post-cyclone situation in West Bengal. The disaster report has been handed over for his perusal. I've proceeded now to review the relief and restoration work at Digha."

The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the state Chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay were late to the meeting by half an hour. The CM handed over the reports, including impacts and damages caused by the cyclone Yass and then she left the meeting stating that she has another meeting scheduled.

The PM also had another review meeting with union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Pratap Sarangi, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, Odisha's Governor Ganeshi Lal to evaluate the damage caused by the cyclone Yass.

Narendra Modi took an aerial survey of the most affected areas of the state, Balasore, and Bhadrak. Financial assistance of ₹1000 crore has been announced by the PM, out of which ₹500 crore is for Odisha and the other ₹500 crores for West Bengal and Jharkhand, which will release based on the damage caused by the cyclone. 

On Wednesday, cyclone Yass hit Odisha with a wind speed of 145kmph on India's Eastern coast.

 

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