Vaccine only way to exit from COVID-19 lockdown, says Tripura CM
Agartala: Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday chaired a five-hour-long all-party meeting to discuss the overall situation and steps taken by the state government to tackle the novel coronavirus aka COVID-19 pandemic.
After holding the marathon all-party meeting, which started at 4 pm and continued till late in the evening, speaking with the reporters, Deb said that lockdown would be lifted totally only after a vaccine is invented.
“The lockdown will continue till May 3 and there is no other way to fight the deadly coronavirus aka (COVID-19). It will take a long time to exit from the lockdown in phases and for the inter-state buses, train and air services to resume. People have to accept the lockdown as a part of our lives,” Deb said.
He also said that the lockdown will continue in some way or the other and it has to be accepted till a vaccine is available to fight the coronavirus.
The meeting was attended by ruling BJP, CPIM, Congress, ruling ally IPFT, INPT, CPI, CPIML and NCP, among 18 political parties.
The political parties were briefed on the steps taken by the state government and informed them about the measures taken by the administration.
Speaking further, Deb said that the state government has provided financial support to all sections of people with Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000 credited in their bank accounts along with free ration supply to ensure nobody faces the jolt of the lockdown.
“Over 50 out of the total 75 industrial units at Bodhjungnagar have already started functioning and work in the primary sector has also begun. The opposition parties have also supported us and agreed that lockdown can only be lifted once the vaccine is ready,” Deb added.
Meanwhile, Cabinet spokesperson Ratan Lal Nath said that the party representatives had placed their suggestions which the chief minister welcomed.
“We have asked all the leaders to cooperate with the government to work in an united manner. The government will consider the suggestions while some suggestions would be implemented on a priority basis,” he said.
Tripura PCC chief Pujish Kanti Biswas said that his party had asked for an all-party meeting and they have extended full support to the government as they battle against the outbreak of coronavirus. However, he said that the benefits of the state government are not reaching the poor, especially those living in the tribal belts in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC).