Central Government to visit West Bengal to assess damage caused by cyclone Yaas.

A central team headed by a joint secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will be visiting West Bengal to assess the damage caused by the cyclone Yaas few days after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had abstained from a review meeting convened by the PM.

A very severe cyclone Yaas made landfall in Odisha on 26th May which affected a large part of the state as well as West Bengal.

It is said by a Home Ministry Official that a central team led by a joint secretary of the MHA will visit West Bengal for a period of three days to assess the damage caused by this cyclone. The West Bengal Chief Minister had said that the cyclone had led to damage of estimate Rs 20,000 crore of property and agriculture. And 18 lakh people were affected by the cyclone as well.

Prime Minister called a review meeting, after an aerial survey of the cyclone affected area, at the Kalaikunda Air Force Station.

However, the chief minister and the then chief secretary, Alapan Bandyopadhyay, a senior IAS officer, did not attend it. And he choose to retire on May 31st instead of accepting a 3-month extension sanctioned by the central government.

On May 31 itself, the MHA turned up a notice under the provision of the Disaster Management Act that entails imprisonment for up to two years for abstaining from the meeting presided by the prime minister at Kalaikunda. To which the Chief Minister Banerjee said that the officer was targeted by the central government due to “political vendetta”. And the ruling Trinamool Congress claimed that the notice sent to the officer was an illegal move.

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