WB government forms team of nodal officers for the fluid movement of migrants and stranded people

KOLKATA: The West Bengal government has formed a team of nodal officers to coordinate with other states to ensure an uncomplicated movement of migrants and others stranded due to the closure.

A source from the secretariat said Monday that the Trinamool congressional government has prepared a database of the migrant population trapped abroad due to the nationwide shutdown and shared it with interested states.

The IAS team of senior officials will keep in touch with officials from other states to facilitate a smooth journey for all incoming and outgoing people, he said.

Senior IAS officials have been designated as team members. They will coordinate with their counterparts in other states and facilitate the movement of migrant workers, pilgrims, students, tourists and others stuck due to the closure, the source said.

Team members include: additional chief secretaries MV Rao and Sunil Gupta; higher education secretary Manish Jain; state transportation secretary P K Mishra; Jalpaiguri Division Commissioner Ajit Bardhan; Secretary for Personnel and Administrative Reforms (PAR) Arnab Roy and West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) MD Santanu Basu.

WBSEDCL MD has been designated as the Jharkhand nodal officer, while the transport secretary will coordinate with Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, the source said.

The Jalpaiguri Division Commissioner has been charged with responsibility for the northeastern states.

The two additional chief secretaries will oversee the arrangements in Delhi, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnakata.

The PAR Secretary has been appointed Nodal Officer for Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and J&K, and the Odisha Secretary for Tribal Development.