No concrete steps, silent on migrants: Oppostion on PM Modi’s address

By: Express News Service | Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi |

Published: April 15, 2020 1:31:22 am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on extending the lockdown until May three in India (PTI)
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Opposition events Tuesday hit out on the BJP authorities over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation, saying it lacked any concrete measures to sort out issues associated to the coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide lockdown.

Extending help to the choice to increase the lockdown, the Congress slammed PM Modi for not spelling out a concrete roadmap for revival of the economic system, ramping up coronavirus testing, harvesting of crops and restoring the availability chain, in addition to monetary help for the weak and facilitating the journey of stranded migrant employees. Former finance minister P Chidambaram mentioned the federal government has left the poor to fend for themselves.

“It is obvious that livelihood for the poor — their survival — is not among the priorities of the government. Chief Ministers’ demand for money elicited no response. Not a rupee has been added to the miserly package of March 25. From Raghuram Rajan to Jean Dreze, from Prabhat Patnaik to Abhijit Banerji, their advice has fallen on deaf ears. The poor have been left to fend for themselves for 21+19 days… Cry, my beloved country,” he mentioned.

Former celebration president Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “India delayed the purchase of testing kits & is now critically short of them. With just 149 tests per million Indians, we are now in the company of Laos (157), Niger (182) & Honduras (162). Mass testing is the key to fighting the virus. At present we are nowhere in the game.”

Congress chief within the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, accused the Centre of wasting your time in January and February in coping with the unfolding pandemic.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari mentioned the “Prime Minister spelt out what he expects the people of India to do, but did not spell out what his government is doing for the people of India”. He mentioned the PM was silent on calls for for ramping up testing and offering private safety gear to frontline well being employees.

The TMC and the CPI(M) mentioned there was nothing new within the PM’s address. TMC chief and West Bengal minister Subrata Mukherjee mentioned, “Mamata Banerjee had introduced that lockdown in West Bengal will stay in place until April 30. As many of the states did the identical, PM Modi had no selection however to increase the lockdown. This isn’t a surprise in any respect.”

CPI(M) chief Tanmoy Bhattacharya mentioned Modi didn’t say something about every day wage earners. “PM Modi did not say anything about how these workers will return to their homes, and if not then how will they survive the entire lockdown period?”

DMK chief M Ok Stalin mentioned the PM’s address was disappointing because it lacked measures to assist the needy. “What people had expected was not advice but measures. When will PM Modi deliver a speech with answers to questions in the minds of people suffering,” Stalin requested.

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