KOLKATA: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee, while interacting with various chambers of commerce and industry bodies on Thursday, urged the latter to come together to form a common pool for vaccination of workers. The committee, which will monitor the pool, will have members from all the leading chambers — CII, FICCI, Indian Chamber, Bengal Chamber, MCC, Bharat Chamber, Credai and BNCCI, along with others — andwill be headed by chief secretary H K Dwivedi.
The CM, in the meeting, wanted the industries to support the government in vaccinating all workers. The proposal of the vaccination pool initially came from Bengal Chamber president Deb Mukherjee. FICCI Bengal region chairman Rudra Chatterjee added that they were conducting vaccination drive. Indian Chamber has also initiated vaccination for its employees. The CM said that the industries can take help from the health department in vaccinating their staff.
The health department will help in procuring and vaccinating the workers but the cost has to be provided by the industries. Banerjee stressed that the industries have to come forward to vaccinate super spreaders like the workers. “Industries can take the responsibility of arranging the vaccine and we will give all support,” she said.
The CM said that keeping in mind the need and problems faced by common people, there was no curfew and there had been many relaxations from June 1. The IT sector can function with 10% staff. They can operate from 8am to noon and another shift can work between noon and 4pm. The CM added that the retail stores can operate between noon to 4pm following all norms and thus there was an hour increase.
She said that keeping in mind the need for domestic help, they are to be given vaccines on a priority basis as they work in several households. The CM said that the state was providing vaccines to hawkers, vegetable sellers along with drivers and conductors on a regular basis.
Commenting on cyclone Yaas, she pleaded to donate generously in the CM’s relief fund so that the affected people can be supported properly. The CM said that the industries were also providing relief and in some places there are duplications, so she urged donations in the CM’s relief fund so that all people can get proper help. “Collect the money and give it to the CM’s relief fund, so that the state can disburse it. The government is there to help all people and the damage is to the tune of Rs 20,000 crore. Somebody is getting too much and some are not getting anything at all,” she said.
The CM advised the chamber officials to adopt some affected villages. Bharat Chamber officials said they had adopted 14 villages in Kulpi. She wanted other chambers in providing healthcare facilities to villagers.