New Delhi: The Centre on Monday formed six Inter-Ministerial Central Teams (IMCTs), two each for West Bengal and Maharashtra and one each for Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, to make instant assessment of the situation and issue necessary directions to State Authorities for its redressal.
According to the order of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the IMTCs will make spot assessment of the COVID-19 situation and issue necessary directions to the four states on corrective measures and submit their report to the Centre in the larger interest of the general public.
These teams will commence their visits at the earliest.
“Situation is specially serious in Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Mumbai and Pune (Maharashtra), Jaipur (Rajasthan) and Kolkata, Howrah, Medinipur East, 24 Parganas North, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Jalpaiguri in West Bengal”, a senior Home Ministry officials said.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in four separate orders to Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, has also observed that violation of lockdown measures would risk the spread of the novel Corona Virus.
” IMCT will focus on compliance and implementation of the lockdown measures as per guidelines, supply of essential commodities, social distancing, preparedness of health infrastructure, safety of health professionals and conditions of relief camps for labourers and poor people,” the MHA order reads.
In a separate communications to the states the Home Ministry also said that there have been several incidents of violence against COVID-19 frontline healthcare professionals, complete violation of social distancing norms and movement of vehicles in urban areas and these should be stopped immediately.
The situation is “especially serious” in Indore in Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra, Jaipur in Rajasthan, and Kolkata, Howrah, East Medinipur, North 24 Parganas, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Jalpaiguri in West Bengal, the MHA said.
There are 4,203 confirmed coronavirus cases in Maharashtra of which 223 people lost their lives, according to Union Health Ministry data. In Madhya Pradesh, out of the 1,407 cases, 70 people have succumbed to the disease.
Rajasthan has reported 1,478 cases of which 14 people lost their lives. In West Bengal, there are 339 confirmed cases of which 12 people died due to the infection, according to Health Ministry data. “Violation of lockdown measures reported, posing a serious health hazard to public and risk for spread of COVID-19,” the MHA said.
It may be mentioned that if the incidents of violations are allowed to occur without any restraining measures in hotspot districts or emerging hotspots or even places where large outbreaks or clusters may be expected and pose a serious health hazard, both for the population of these districts and for that living in other areas of the country, the MHA added.