Mamata Banerjee increases workforce capacity to 70%; announces lockdown extension for West Bengal

WION Web Team
Kolkata, West Bengal Published: May 30, 2020, 09:42 AM(IST)

Mamata Banerjee Photograph:( ANI )

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During this lockdown extension in her state, she will also allow all religious places to reopen, but with a capacity of 10 people at a  time

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has decided to increase the workforce capacity from 50 per cent to 70 per cent in the state.

"With multiple crises in the state, we have decided to increase the state government's workforce capacity from 50 per cent to 70 per cent. Continuation of restoration work is one of the top priorities and workforce increase will ensure that public services are uninterrupted," Banerjee said.

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The decision has been taken to complete the restoration work of the damage done by the cyclone that hit the state last week, and caused immense structural damage.

As she announced the decision of increasing the workforce capacity during the pandemic, she also added a word of caution for the private entities, "In the private sector, I urge all to stay safe, work indoors as much as possible and to the best of their abilities. Prerogative lies with the respective managements of private entities to decide on workforce capacity and act accordingly."

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The Chief Minister also announced that West Bengal will be continuing with the lockdown after lockdown 4.0 ends at the end of this month. "The lockdown will continue with minimal effects. Jute mills and tea gardens will operate with 100 per cent workforce capacity. We are together in this. I am sure with all your cooperation and understanding, Bengal will emerge victoriously."

During this lockdown extension in her state, she will also allow all religious places to reopen, but with a capacity of 10 people at a  time. "Temples, gurdwaras, mosques and all religious places in the state are closed. They will open from June 1 but not more than 10 people will be allowed at any given point of time. No assembly would be allowed in religious places."

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