While admitting that the amount currently given from the CM's relief fund is inadequate, Pinarayi Vijayan said there is a plan to hike the solatium.
Bandyopadhyay, who was due to retire on May 31, was given an extension of three months and days later asked to report at the Centre. However, Banerjee announced his retirement on Monday and appointed him as chief advisor.
The district administration can implement Section 33 of the Disaster Management Act requiring any official or department to work for the prevention of the disease, to address any shortage of employees or vehicles at the centres.
Narendra Modi's decision to establish the Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund, or the PM CARES Fund, amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, has triggered a controversy with many questioning the logic behind it.