Assam Relief

Refugees from Assam are victims of circumstances, we will stand beside them: WB CM

Describing refugees from Assam as guests, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said her government would stand beside them.

“They are more than our guests, our own people. They don’t have shelter now. We all know their mental condition. They are the victim of circumstances, so let us all stand beside them,” the Chief Minister said at Changmari refugee camp in Alipurduar district. She also made an appeal to local people to help the refugees in whatever way possible and asked officials to ensure that no one was inconvenienced.

When asked by reporters whether the refugees do not want to return to their homes, she said, “They will decide. If they do not want it is their decision. If anyone wants to return, we’ll make all the arrangements. They are our own people. More than guests. We have to take care of everything including their food. We want them to stay in peace.”

On central government’s role in controlling violence, she said, “I do not want to make any political comment here. I do not get into politics all the time. I have come here on humanitarian grounds”.

Hit by violence carried out by militants, refugees from Assam have taken shelter in four camps at Kumargram and Cooch Behar. From her own savings, the Chief Minister bought one thousand pieces of winter clothing which she distributed among the refugees. During her visit, she took stock of the arrangements at the relief camp and instructed officials to arrange all meals on time.

The CM was accompanied by North Bengal Development Minister Gautam Deb, district magistrate and other officials during the visit.

Bengal always provides shelter: CM in North Bengal

The refugees from Assam who have taken shelter in the four camps at Kumargram, Cooch Behar, met the West Bengal Chief Minister today.

The West Bengal Chief Minister rushed to North Bengal yesterday afternoon. From her own savings, she had bought a thousand pieces of winter clothing which she  distributed among the people who had to leave everything and flee from their home.

The West Bengal Chief Minister visited the refugee camps at Changmari and Dhimapur High School, where she distributed winter garments and relief materials to the people.

After her visit to the refugee camp at Changramari, the Chief Minister said that these people from Assam are the guests of the State and it is the duty of the State to look after it’s guests.

The Chief Minister said that modest arrangements have been made for food and shelter. Mota kapor are mota bhate bhalo rakhar chesta, she said.

The Chief Minister said that the refugees were victims of the circumstances and she was well aware of their mental conditions.

The Chief Minister, after reaching the Bagdogra Airport yesterday had said that the attacks on the tribal people in Assam were despicable. She said that it was her responsibility to help the refugees. Bengal always provides shelter.

The Chief Minister had appealed not to bring in political angle in to current situation. She said that everyone should come forward with help as terrorism has no colours. It is the time to show one’s humane side and prevent terrorist activities, she had said.