Sonia Gandhi wants clarity on exit technique, criteria to extend lockdown

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Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday questioned the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Union authorities’s criteria to extend the lockdown and the exit technique.

Gandhi’s criticism of the federal government got here after she held a digital assembly with chief minsters of Congress-ruled states who echoed her issues.

During the assembly, senior Congress leaders and chief ministers additionally highlighted the necessity for extra monetary help to deal with the socioeconomic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Many chief minister have, during the last one month, flagged the necessity for extra particular financial packages for states to sort out misery confronted by farmers, micro, small and medium enterprises, migrants and daily-wage labourers, amongst others.

The chief spokesperson of the Congress, Randeep Singh Surjewala, quoted Gandhi and stated on Twitter: “After 17 May, what? and after 17 May, how?…what criteria is union authorities utilizing to choose how lengthy the lockdown is to proceed.”

The assembly was attended by Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, and Puducherry chief minister V. Narayansamy. The CMs had additionally written to the Union authorities urging it to present monetary help, clear GST dues to states and announce particular reduction packages.

“All states have been unanimous in mentioning that the Union authorities is pushing them in the direction of fiscal misery by not asserting and allocating sources to battle covid-19, as additionally the financial disaster that’s looming giant in India. States and the individuals additionally need to know what after lockdown 3.0, and what are the goals to be achieved by 17 May,” Surjewala advised reporters after the assembly.

The chief minister stated they have been taking good care of the journey bills of migrant labourers going residence and have requested the railways for particular trains. Gehlot identified that the Centre was but to announce an financial package deal although states reminiscent of Rajasthan had seen an enormous fall in income.

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