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Chidambaram calls Modi commander, people foot soldiers in battle against coronavirus

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: March 25, 2020 4:14:56 pm

Chidambaram posted a 10-point plan, suggesting how the federal government might help in placing money instantly in the palms of poor and susceptible. (PTI photograph)

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced a complete lockdown across the country for 21 days, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday known as the unprecedented step a “watershed moment” in the battle against coronavirus and mentioned it was the “beginning of a new battle in which people are the footsoldiers and the PM is the commander”.

The Congress chief additionally urged people to increase their help to the Prime Minister and cooperate with the central and state governments. Taking to Twitter, Chidambaram mentioned that #STAYHOMEINDIA is a “great rally cry” however for that people want meals and cash.

Chidambaram additionally advised a 10-point plan to place cash in the financial institution accounts of the poor and marginalised, together with farmers and labourers, and demanded a lower in GST charges by 5 per cent on important items and companies, and all items of mass consumption from April 1 to June 30, 2020.

Here are the factors advised by Chidambaram:

*Farmers: Double the quantity paid/payable beneath PM-KISAN (to Rs 12,000) and switch the extra quantity instantly to the checking account of every beneficiary.

*Tenant Farmers: Bring tenant farmers beneath PM-KISAN. Take the lists from the state governments and switch Rs 6000 + Rs 6000 (in two installments) to the checking account of every tenant farmer.

*Take the lists of registered MGNREGA staff and switch a sum of Rs 3000 into the checking account of every beneficiary.

*For the city poor, take the Jan Dhan accounts with the city branches of the banks and switch a sum of Rs 6000 into the checking account of every beneficiary.

*Offer to each ration card holder, by means of the ration retailers, 10 kg of rice or wheat completely free, as a one-time measure in the subsequent 21 days. Arrange for house supply.

*Ask all registered employers (registered beneath any regulation) to keep up present ranges of employment and wages. Guarantee to such employers who achieve this that the wages of the workers will likely be reimbursed by the federal government inside 30 days of fee.

In a collection of tweets after the PM’s handle to the nation, Chidambaram mentioned the suitable factor to do for each citizen can be to help the choice no matter could be the hardships.

“I’m sure the PM understands the urgency of asserting a monetary package deal and placing money in the pockets of the poor, day by day staff, agricultural staff, self-employed and so on.

“Once the package is announced, there are other pressing sectoral problems that have to be addressed. For example, how are the farmers going to harvest their crop beginning April 1?” he requested.

While talking to the Indian Express final week, Chidambaram had suggested partial to total lockdown in most cities and cities to fight the unfold of coronavirus. “It is necessary to lock down all towns and cities for two to four weeks, we should not hesitate to do so. It is better to be safe than sorry”, he mentioned.

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