Comic relief among relief work: Home Ministry shares pic of Royal Stag whisky with Cyclone Amphan 'relief work'

The Amit Shah-led Ministry of Home Affairs has been sharing videos and pictures of the relief work that they have been doing in West Bengal in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan.

However, on Thursday, it appears that the person handling the social media account for the Ministry of Home Affairs took a break from his day job and shared a picture of the affairs of his own home.

In a Facebook post by the MHA that has since been deleted, the picture shows a bottle of Royal Stag Whisky, a staple in Bengal even as two other images showed relief work being conducted.

Comic relief among relief work: Home Ministry shares pic of Royal Stag whisky with Cyclone Amphan 'relief work'

To the bourgeois Bengali, RS is the epitome of the working man's drink. He considers all whiskies on the market to be overpriced and RS is the choice of lubrication for the middle class, unless of course someone bring back Black Label from abroad.

While Royal Stag is adored by Bengalis as much as Kalyani Beer, people will wonder why that picture was posted in the first place.

As per a later post by a journalist that quoted sources from the Home Ministry, it was an "inadvertent mistake". The person handling the page had perhaps mixed up personal and MHA pages and posted the unrelated image. Reportedly the person handling the account had apologised in writing.

Upon seeing the image, netizens had been rather bemused. Many had been upset by the image, and had even demanded that strict action be taken.

One person, Soumalya Biswas, however, saw the funny side of it and commented, “This is proof that everyone needs to relax, grown up men and women don’t need to drink milk all the time… after such back-breaking work, the team needs some relaxation.”

However, others weren’t as forgiving, calling for the person to be penalised.

Meanwhile, domestic flight operations resume at Kolkata airport Kolkata, May 28 (PTI) Domestic flight operations to and from Kolkata resumed on Thursday after a gap of two months due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Though domestic flight operations across the country began on May 25, they could not be restarted in Kolkata as the state machinery was involved in relief and restoration work after Cyclone Amphan whiplashed many areas of the state.

The first flight from Kolkata left for Guhawati at 6.05 am with 40 passengers, whereas 122 passengers arrived from New Delhi on Thursday morning, the sources said.

"Welcome Back, Passengers! #KolkataAirport saw the arrival of 122 passengers from @DelhiAirport after two long months and 40 passengers departed to #Guwahati. Proper checks were followed, and regular sanitization was carried out in terminal which was abuzz with passengers," the Kolkata airport tweeted.

On Thursday, ten flights will take off from Kolkata, and an equal number will arrive in the city, sources at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport said.

Domestic flight operations will resume at Bagdogra airport in north Bengal too.

The West Bengal government had recently come up with a set of guidelines for people arriving in the state in domestic flights.

According to it, those entering the state from Thursday must submit a self-declaration form stating that they have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two months, according to an advisory of the Health Department.

The passengers will also need to undergo health screening after they arrive at the airport, the advisory said on Monday.

Arrangements for contact-less travel with social-distancing norms have been readied at the city airport to keep passengers safe from COVID-19, a top airport official said on Wednesday.

An "absolute contact-less procedure" with "least possible surface touch" will be provided to passengers from the time of entering the airport till boarding the flight under the new arrangement.

With Agency Inputs

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