Lockdown extended: ‘Inhumane treatment of poor shame and blot on democracy’, says Congress

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |

Updated: April 14, 2020 8:54:37 pm

Migrant staff hailing from Bihar caught at a development web site close to Lohegaon, Pune. The staff say their contractor left a month in the past with out making any meals preparations for them.
As 1000’s of migrant workers stranded in Mumbai came out on streets resulting in chaos and police lathi cost Tuesday, the Congress stated the inhumane treatment of poor countrymen was “a shame and blot” on Indian democracy. The Congress is a coalition accomplice within the Shiv Sena-led authorities in Maharashtra.

“Heart-rending to see the plight of migrant labour and workers, starving children, hungry men and women, desperately waiting for food and relief. This inhumane treatment of our poor countrymen is a shame and blot on Indian democracy. Appealing to the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers and the administration, give them back their dignity and rights. Give them roti, not lathi. This repression is an unforgivable crime against humanity,” senior Congress chief Anand Sharma stated.

Sharma stated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation was disappointing as he didn’t unveil a roadmap for revival of financial exercise submit lockdown. “Migrant labour and workers have been suffering with the loss of daily wage and incomes. Urgent interventions for mitigation cannot be delayed,” he stated.

Arguing that the second leg of the lockdown additionally comes with monumental human and financial price, he stated, “We expected the Prime Minister to unveil a strategy for staged lifting of the lockdown for essential sectors of industry, especially MSMEs, agro & food processing industries, unorganized sector and those manufacturing healthcare products. Also, a package for MSMEs was necessary.”

“As stores are running empty, production of essential goods needed to be ramped up and issues on the supply side, transportation and distribution need to be addressed. Besides, we also need to ensure that rabi crops are purchased at MSP and logistics managed effectively,” he stated.

Sharma identified that the preliminary monetary bundle of Rs 1.7 lakh crore introduced by the federal government in March was lower than 1 per cent of India’s GDP, and far too insufficient to make a significant distinction. “A stimulus of at least 5-6 per cent of the GDP is essential for mitigation, saving jobs and prevention of an economic collapse,” he stated.

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