Mamata govt objects to Centre's list of red zones in Bengal, sends its own 'correct' list

Mamata govt objects to Centre's list of red zones in Bengal, sends its own 'correct' list

The Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government has objected to the list of Red Zones, also known as Covid-19 hotspots, prepared by the central government. The state government has also sent a list to the Centre saying this list reflects the "correct" classification of districts into Red, Orange, and Green Zones.

Objecting to the Centre's criteria of earmarking certain districts as Red Zone, West Bengal Principal Secretary (Health) Vivek Kumar has written to the Union Health Secretary. In the letter, Vivek Kumar said the presentation made by the Cabinet Secretary on April 30 during the video conference with states was "erroneous".

"With regard to the presentation made in the Cabinet Secretary's video conference with the states on April 30 at 3 pm, as many as 10 districts of West Bengal were shown in the Red Zone. This is an erroneous assessment. Based on the current parameters of the Government of India for categorization of areas for Covid-19, the districts in the Red Zone (in West Bengal) are only four: Kolkata, Howrah, North-24 Paraganas and Purba Medinipur," the letter said.

Along with the letter, the health secretary also attached a list of classifying districts in West Bengal under the Red, Orange, and Green Zones.

The state government said this list was the "correct classification" of districts in West Bengal.