Across party lines, one demand: Need more aid from Centre, more tests

Written by Manoj C G
, Harikishan Sharma
| New Delhi |

Published: April 9, 2020 3:45:31 am

This is prime minister’s first interplay with ground leaders, together with these from the Opposition, after the imposition of the nationwide lockdown on March 25. (Source: ANI)
Cutting throughout party strains, ground leaders of political events on Wednesday requested the Centre to announce more monetary aid measures, financial stimulus package deal, ramp up testing for COVID-19, launch all dues together with GST compensation to states and referred to as for procurement of rabi crops from farmers.

In their video convention with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, some additionally raised the Tablighi Jamaat difficulty, and requested the federal government to make sure that there isn’t any communalisation.

Representing the Congress, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad drew Modi’s consideration to experiences of scarcity of non-public protecting tools for medical workers and requested the federal government to deal with offering ample PPEs and insurance coverage cowl to frontline well being employees.

He requested the federal government to conduct intensive testing and make it freed from value. He demanded doubling and tripling of BSL 2 and BSL Three laboratory services.

Azad steered a focused and sector-wise strategy. “The government should focus more on areas where there are more cases… divide such areas into sectors,” he mentioned.

Azad, together with a number of different leaders, demanded more aid, like free ration, for employees in misery. He steered that MGNREGA employees be concerned in harvesting of rabi crops, which can assist them in addition to farmers.

Sources mentioned NCP chief Sharad Pawar raised the Tablighi Jamaat difficulty and informed the PM that communalisation can be unlucky and the incident shouldn’t be given an excessive amount of consideration now.

Sources mentioned the problem of suspension of MPLADS funds additionally got here up through the dialogue. Regional events just like the Trinamool Congress, DMK and YSR Congress steered that the MPLADS fund ought to be immediately transferred to the states in order that they’ll use it in keeping with their necessities.

“It is only through the MPLADS fund that MPs are able to fulfil the demands of people of their constituencies,” DMK’s T R Baalu mentioned. To lower authorities expenditure, Baalu steered that the Central Vista mission ought to be suspended for now, sources mentioned.

BJD’s Pinaki Mishra mentioned the aid package deal introduced by the Centre was insufficient. “All other countries are putting in at least 10 per cent of their GDP. America has committed $ 2.3 trillion package. We are a $ 2.7 trillion economy… the bare minimum we should put in is about Rs 17-18 lakh crore… there is going to be massive amount of refinancing required… massive amount of moratoriums and loan write-offs required. You have to put money in the states’ kitty,” he mentioned. He requested the federal government to not deal with the fiscal deficit obstacles.

The difficulty of permitting export of medication like hydroxychloroquine was additionally raised by some events. YSRCP chief V Vijayasai Reddy is learnt to have mentioned that earlier than permitting such export, the federal government ought to assess whether or not the nation has ample inventory.

Pawar and Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut additionally spoke about interference of Governors within the administrative work on the district stage. Both identified that there’s a protocol by which the Governor’s workplace can get info from the district stage.

Several leaders urged the federal government to announce steps to assist farmers harvest their crops. Azad demanded a hike within the Minimum Support Price and a rise in procurement of crops. He mentioned farm mortgage reimbursement ought to be deferred for six months, and requested the federal government to put off GST on fertilisers, pesticides and agricultural tools like tractors. He additionally requested the federal government to incorporate some chief ministers within the process drive arrange by the Centre to make sure coordination by central authorities and states.

Several leaders requested the federal government to launch dues of states beneath numerous heads, together with for MGNREGA. Azad additionally requested the federal government to restart factories which produce important items and commodities, together with medicines and agricultural tools. “If there is no production, how can the supply chain be maintained,” he mentioned.

“The difficulty of lockdown was mentioned. We gave recommendations… Right now, social distancing is the one method to keep away from the unfold. The lockdown ought to be continued if obligatory, until the scenario is totally beneath management,” mentioned Lok Janshakti Party president Chirag Paswan.

“The total assembly was held in a really optimistic surroundings… Everyone lauded the agency steps taken by the Prime Minister. The leaders throughout political events appreciated the best way the Prime Minister took the lockdown choice. They promised to help the Prime Minister in future additionally. I, on behalf of my party, need to guarantee that no matter steps the Prime Minister takes in future to test the unfold of this pandemic, the Lok Janshakti Party will totally help him,” he mentioned.

CPI(M)’s Elamaram Kareem requested the federal government to instantly switch Rs 5,000 to all Jan Dhan accounts, BPL and unorganised employees, present 35 kg foodgrain per household to all migrant employees and the poor, declare harvest of standing crops as a necessary service, ease restrictions for farmers and supply harvesting tools and free seeds for the approaching season. He additionally requested the federal government to deploy speedy testing kits on a big scale throughout the nation.

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