Coronavirus / Declare COVID-19 a natural calamity: Uddhav Thackeray writes to PM

Vikrant Shekhawat : Apr 15, 2021, 02:12 PM
Mumbai: Strict restrictions like 15 days 'lockdown' have been declared in Maharashtra due to Corona crisis. Along with this, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has also announced a fixed package of Rs 5476 crore. The next day, the Chief Minister has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday requesting that the epidemic be considered as a natural disaster and financial assistance to the affected people under the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).

The CM, while addressing the state on Tuesday, said that during the earthquake, heavy rains and floods, natural calamities are declared and financial assistance is provided to the affected people. He said, "All of us have accepted the epidemic as a natural disaster. Therefore, we are requesting the Prime Minister to provide financial help to the people whose livelihood has been affected by the epidemic."

According to the news of Times of India, Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte has confirmed to write a letter to the PM on behalf of Thackeray. Kunte said, "Although this pandemic is a disaster, it remains to be defined as a natural disaster. Therefore, according to the current system individual benefits cannot be given. The policy taken at the national level is to treat the pandemic as a natural disaster." The decision is there and the Center will have to take a step on it. "

Not enough oxygen for corona patients

Chief Minister Thackeray, while addressing the state on Tuesday on the condition of Corona, also mentioned the lack of sufficient oxygen for patients. In such a situation, he also appealed to PM Modi to help the Air Force to carry oxygen in Maharashtra. Uddhav Thackeray had said, "PM we will need oxygen in today's situation. Oxygen should be allowed to enter the state from other states. It will take time to get oxygen from far away states. I request the PM that oxygen will take time through the road. If oxygen can come with the help of the air force, then allow it. ''