Economist Abhijit Banerjee helps giving cash to Durga puja committees by Bengal govt

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By: PTI | Kolkata |

October 21, 2020 1:37:04 pm

Nobel laureate economist Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee has backed the West Bengal authorities’s determination to assist Durga puja committees of the state with Rs 50,000 every. (File photograph)Nobel laureate economist Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee has backed the West Bengal authorities’s determination to assist Durga puja committees of the state with Rs 50,000 every, saying that organisers want the extra quantity to undertake COVID-19 security protocols.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had introduced on September 24 the Rs 50,000 grant for every of the 36,946 group Durga Puja committees within the state in COVID-19 time.
It has attracted criticism from a number of quarters and was additionally challenged within the Calcutta High Court.
She, nevertheless, discovered assist from the economist who gained the Nobel prize in 2019.
“It is not a bad decision keeping in mind the additional expenditure by puja committees to implement safety measures,” he stated whereas replying to a query throughout an interview to vernacular information channel ABP Ananda.
The state authorities had advised the court docket that the grant is for “secular purposes” like shopping for Covid security tools and for public-police bonding. However, the excessive court docket on Monday ordered that each one Durga Puja pandals throughout the state be declared no-entry zones to forestall the unfold of COVID-19.
Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee additionally stated he was apprehensive that gathering of a lot of individuals to go to pandals could enhance COVID-19 instances within the state, and urged individuals to be chargeable for the sake of security.
He additionally expressed hope that Indian financial system could return to normalcy to an awesome extent in a years time overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic induced slowdown.
“The pandemic has impacted the economy badly and safety from the infection is also important. However, I think in a years time we will be able to recoup to a great extent helping an improved job market,” Banerjee stated replying to a question on job losses through the disaster.
Banerjee stated he was not averse to resumption of native prepare providers as trains have a greater cross-ventilation system in comparison with that in buses.
However, he stated, there ought to be some restrictions and folks should comply with security protocols like carrying masks.
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