CPI-M West Tripura District Committee gheraoed the office of the directorate of health services on this issue. Credit: EastMojo Image

Agartala: The Opposition CPI-M has strongly responded to the advocate general’s statement in the Tripura High Court over government assistance for home isolation of coronavirus positive patients.

CPI-M West Tripura District Committee gheraoed the office of the directorate of health services on this issue. However, on request of the health official the situation was brought under control and later a five-member delegation met with the authorities to discuss the matter.

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The CPI-M West Tripura district secretary Pabitra Kar, who led the protest at the health directorate’s office, said, the Tripura government had issued a notification of assistance to the corona victims while they are in home isolation by making a specific list of daily necessities including rice and pulses.

However, advocate general Arun Kanti Bhowmik informed the high court that the state government had not taken any such decision. Kar questioned the statement and sought clarifying on misleading people, adding, “It is no longer possible to fool people with false promises. People are suffering a lot during the coronavirus period,” he said.

Kar said that the district magistrate and the health department should issue the order as per the government notification. Otherwise, massive movements will be organized across the state.

“The participation of people in our programs has been prevented and the vehicle owners are threatened so that people rent them. We want a peaceful movement,” he added.

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Addressing the police, Kar said, speak against the unlawful orders that suppress the opposition of the BJP-coalition government because, you are also the victims of various fake promises.

The leader also demanded immediate release of compensation amount of Rs 10 lakh for the families of the COVID-19 victim.

Meanwhile, after hours of protest, the health authorities called upon the leaders for talks. A delegation of five leaders met with the health director who has requested them to submit all their complaints in writing.

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Earlier on August 28, the state government had announced to provide free dry ration for 10 days which would cost Rs 1,440 per family.

Each family was to receive dry ration consisting of 16kgs of rice, 2.4 kg pulses, 2.8 kg potatoes, 1kg soybeans, 40 whole egg, 200 gm salt, 0.8 liter cooking oil and 120 gm of turmeric which would cost Rs 144 per family of four members amounting a total of Rs 1,440 per family for 10 days.

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