After severe protests in Orissa against West Bengal government’s ban on transportation of potatoes, CM Mamata Banerjee Wednesday called Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik and informed him the state would send one lakh tonne potatoes and the ban will be partially lifted from Sunday.
Mamata made this announcement at a meeting of the Task Force set up to keep a vigilance on the prices of food stuff and recommend measures to control them. The meeting was presided over by her at Nabanna. “One lakh tonne of potato from cold storages of West Midnapore will be sent to Orissa. Police teams from both the states will escort truckloads of potatoes so that no pilferage can occur,’’ Subrata Biswas, from the Dept. of Agricultural Marketing said.