Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday warned state government officials that action would be taken against them if they tried to stop vegetable vendors and personnel engaged in home delivery of essentials during the ongoing lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection.
"I have instructed all police stations to permit home delivery of essential commodities. Vegetable vendors cannot be stopped. If the government order is not obeyed, action will be taken against administrative officials," she said.
Banerjee also drew on the board how people should remain within a safety line to maintain social distancing outside shops selling essentials.
Later, in a tweet, city police commissioner Anuj Sharma urged people to maintain social distancing and said "We have marked safety lines for buyers in markets and shops. Please, obey".
Banerjee also instructed the police to make available food for those who were going hungry due to the lockdown.
"If you come across anybody who has nothing to eat, please inform the Block Development Officer or the police. They will arrange to deliver food to their homes".
The Chief Minister also requested pavement dwellers to shift to night shelters where police would arrange food for them.