Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to offer Rs 6,000 per 30 days to the poor and needy in numerous states underneath lockdown.
He mentioned that in view of the continued pandemic and the lockdowns, “poor, daily wagers and the marginalised sections” of the society have been rendered unemployed, ensuing of their “incomes dwindling and them not being able to provide for and feed their family”.
“The Congress President has suggested that the centre should provide free food grains to the needy and give Rs 6000 per month to all the jobless people. In view of the above-mentioned condition of the poor and downtrodden due to the ongoing pandemic, I shall request that at least to start with you may give serious thought to the suggestion of the Congress President that the Central Government should resort to direct cash transfer of Rs 6,000 per month in the bank accounts of all the eligible poor people of the States under lockdown, including the State of West Bengal,” Mr Chowdhury mentioned.
He added that this is not going to solely mitigate the sufferings of the hundreds of thousands of poor “but it is good economics as well because it will have a multiplier effect on the economy.”
On Saturday Mr Chowdhury had mentioned Prime Minister Modi ought to handle the nation instantly in view of “exponential surge” in coronavirus circumstances and apprise residents of the highway map to take care of the scenario.
The Congress chief had mentioned the scenario seems to be “spiralling out of control”.
“The Prime Minister of India should instill confidence into the people. Should not hesitate to resort to any option including strict lockdown,” he had tweeted.
Mr Chowdhury had on Friday urged Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to name an early assembly of the Public Accounts Committee to deliberate upon the pandemic scenario and the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage.
Earlier, he had written one other letter to Birla and President Ram Nath Kovind requesting them to convene a particular session of the Parliament to debate the well being emergency resulting from COVID-19.
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