Congress chief Sonia Gandhi wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, supporting the lockdown introduced in view of the coronavirus outbreak, whereas suggesting steps like defending docs and searching for deferment of mortgage restoration.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sweeping the world had triggered critical public well being considerations, anguish and apprehensions in India, she wrote in her letter to the prime minister.
“It has imperiled lives and put in danger the lives and livelihoods of thousands and thousands, significantly, probably the most susceptible sections of our society. Your complete nation stands as one in solidarity within the combat to halt and defeat the Corona pandemic,” Gandhi added.
She famous that the 21-day nationwide lockdown introduced by the prime minister as a measure to combat the coronavirus was a welcome step.
“As President of the Indian Nationwide Congress, I want to state that we are going to help and collaborate totally with each step taken by the Union Authorities to make sure the containment of the pandemic,” Gandhi stated.
At this difficult and unsure time, she stated it was crucial for every one in all us to rise above partisan pursuits and honour our obligation in the direction of our nation and certainly, in the direction of humanity.
“It’s within the spirit of solidarity and cooperation subsequently, that I want to recommend some measures that I imagine will assist us tackle the huge well being disaster we’re about to face and ameliorate the immense financial and existential ache that susceptible sections of our society will quickly be subjected to,” the Congress chief stated.
She burdened on the necessity to arm docs, nurses and well being employees with private safety tools, together with N-95 masks and hazmat fits.
“Allow us to make sure the opening and scaling up of manufacture and provide of this stuff in order that not a single well being skilled faces the predicament of contracting or passing on COVID-19 owing to unavailability of ‘Private Safety Gear’,” Gandhi stated.
Saying a particular “Danger Allowance” for docs, nurses and well being employees for a interval of six months retrospectively from March 1 was crucial, she added.
The Congress chief additionally known as upon the Centre to right away fee and start building of short-term services with massive numbers of ICUs and ventilators in areas the place the outbreak is anticipated to be concentrated within the close to future.
She additionally stated a devoted portal for sharing all mandatory data was a approach ahead.
Gandhi stated disseminating all important data, together with the areas of the designated hospitals and their emergency cellphone numbers, was important to facilitate the administration of the pandemic.
Noting that many companies and corporations had been shedding and retrenching massive numbers of normal and short-term workers, she stated, “It might be to ensure that the Union Authorities to right away put in place broad-based social safety measures, together with direct money switch, to those sections to tide over the interval of issue.”
Gandhi additionally sought a deferment of all mortgage recoveries as much as six months, together with for the loans given to farmers and the salaried class.
She identified that the 21-day lockdown comes on the peak of the harvesting season, because the crop is prepared for harvesting in most states by March-end.
“With almost 60 per cent of India’s inhabitants being economically depending on agriculture, it’s crucial that the Union Authorities ought to take mandatory steps to allow harvesting and procurement of crops at MSP. That is additionally the fitting time to droop all recoveries from farmers for a interval of six months and think about indebtedness reduction liberally,” the Congress president stated.
She additionally known as for implementing the Minimal Earnings Assure Scheme i.e the “NYAY Yojana” proposed by her celebration.
Alternatively, she stated an quantity of Rs 7,500 must be transferred to each Jan Dhan account holder, PM Kisan Yojna account holder, these receiving old-age, widow, differently-abled pensions and MGNREGA employees as a one-time measure.
Gandhi additionally steered distributing 10 kg of rice or wheat per member of the family to each ration card holder by means of PDS totally free.
For the salaried class, she stated the Centre would possibly think about deferring all EMIs for six months, including that the curiosity charged by the banks would possibly consequently be waived for this era.
“Equally, all mortgage installment deductions from the salaries of presidency workers may be deferred for six months,” Gandhi stated.
She stated the federal government should think about asserting a complete, sector-wise reduction bundle, together with mandatory tax breaks, curiosity subvention and deferment of liabilities.
“Mr Prime Minister, if applied, these measures will reaffirm our dedication to every one in all our residents once they most want help and safety. We within the Congress Celebration stand with the folks of India at the moment of nationwide disaster and we prolong to the federal government our full help and cooperation,” Gandhi wrote to the prime minister.