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Sonia to PM Modi: Set up temporary facilities, give cash transfers to poor

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |

Published: March 27, 2020 3:19:12 am

Congress president Sonia Gandhi. (File)
Asserting that the Congress will help every step taken by the federal government to guarantee containment of COVID-19, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and recommended a sequence of measures, together with development of temporary well being services with giant numbers of ICUs, tax breaks and curiosity subvention for small and medium companies, and cash switch to the poor and weak sections of the society.

Sonia stated there may be an pressing want to equip medical well being employees with private safety tools, together with N-95 masks and hazmat fits, and requested the federal government to scale up manufacturing and provide of this stuff. She requested the federal government to announce a particular “risk allowance” for docs, nurses and well being staff for a interval of six months retrospectively from March 1.

Arguing that there was uncertainty concerning the designated hospitals and their places in addition to the variety of beds, isolation chambers, ventilators, devoted medical groups and medical provides, she requested the federal government to set up a devoted portal for sharing “these and all other necessary information”.

“Given that even the most advanced and developed healthcare systems in the world are facing an overload of patients and crumbling under the weight of the sheer numbers of affected persons, the Union government could immediately commission and begin construction of temporary facilities with large numbers of ICUs and ventilators in geographical areas where the outbreak is expected to be concentrated in the near future,” she stated.

Pointing out that the lockdown interval coincides with the harvest season, Sonia requested the federal government to take needed steps to allow harvesting and procurement of crops at MSP.

She additionally acknowledged that the federal government “might consider deferring all EMIs for a period of six months”.

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