Opposition leader Manik Sarkar (middle) addressing a press conference at CPIM party headquarters on Friday

Agartala: The CPIM legislative team led by Manik Sarkar, leader of the opposition, on Friday called upon Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb to discuss on a number of issues including the prevailing situation amidst COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing a press conference, Sarkar said that a six-member legislative delegation including Badal Choudhury, Shahed Chowdhury, Tapan Chakraborty, Ratan Bhowmik and Prabhat Chaudhury today met with the chief minister to discuss a number of issues and sought immediate measures from the state governments.

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“We have highlighted how the number of novel coronavirus cases is increasing in the state and said that by enlarge the whole of the state is affected. The doctors and medical fraternity have also started calling it a community spread due to the sudden spike in cases,” Sarkar said.

Speaking further, the opposition leader said that they have suggested the state government to set up testing laboratories in all eight districts and emphasise on setting up a lab in sub-divisional hospitals in phases.

The leaders of the opposition have suggested to stress upon testing, tracing and treatment of the COVID-19 positive patients to contain the virus in state.

“There is a need to set up laboratories in some PHCs under sub-division since people who are living in Sabroom, Amarpur, Kanchanpur areas may not be able to get themselves tested due to the distance from the sub-divisional hospitals. The chief minister has agreed with our proposal and assured to take measures in this regard,” Sarkar added.

Sarkar also pointed out that since there is no vaccine for the treatment of the COVID-19 positive patients, mass awareness programme must be carried out by the state government in collaboration withal political parties and stakeholders.

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“The only way to curve the virus is by maintaining a proper immune system and in order to maintain ensure that people keep themselves immune the government should provide Rs 7,500 cash money and 10 kg of free rice per head from the government, while the bankers should be asked to not pressurize for payment of bank loan,” Sarkar added.

The Supreme Court of India recently passed its verdict allowing the Tripura government to appoint the terminated teachers with age relaxation till March 31, 2023 and also clarified that appointment in the non-teaching post would not be a degradation. The government has assured to expedite the appointment but so far no measures have been taken by the state government, Sarkar opined.

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The former chief minister also said that the militant activists have started reorganising themselves which could be felt. A section of leaders are also in touch with the militant groups, adding that he has asked the chief minister to not allow any activity in the state.

“We have requested the chief minister to take the matter seriously so that the state does not have to suffer from the militancy issue once again. We have lost over 350 CPIM workers and supporters fight the militants in last many decades and they should not get any chance to reorganize themselves once again,” Sarkar said.

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Meanwhile, four more persons succumbed to the virus, which include two from West Tripura district and one each from Sepahijala and Unakoti districts, taking the death toll to 89, with 6,839 recovered cases so far.

As many as 2,58,053 samples have been collected in the state, out of which 2,7,018 were tested, and 9,927 samples returned positive. There are 2,977 active cases.

The positivity rate stands at 3.86 per cent, test per million at 64,293 while the recovery rate stands at 69.03 per cent and mortality rate at 0.90 per cent.

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