Why lockdown in 4 hours? asks Cong

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 3/26/2020 12:04:56 AM

NEW DELHI, Mar 25: Why declare the 21-hour lockdown, giving only four hours to prepare, the Congress asked on Wednesday, pointing out that the Prime Minister could have announced it at 8 AM instead of 8 PM to give full day to let people stock the necessities.
"You gave only 4 hours to prepare. Did you think of over 5 lakh truck drivers, who are now stranded on roads? Or, million of workers who are stranded in cities away from home without food or money? What should they do," asked party's chief spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala.
In a series of tweets, he told Prime Minister Modi that this is the time to test his leadership. "Trying times are true test of leadership. Is Govt ready to rise up & deliver?"
Surjewala said: "We will rise together as a Nation & defeat #COVID2019.
We stand with #lockdown but are deeply disappointed by lack of coherent strategy or a clear ‘way ahead’ on your part."
His big question was how will the vulnerable survive for 21 days.
"Nation heard your two addresses of 50 minutes on #COVID2019. India is stunned that you announced no relief for Daily Wagers, MNREGA Workers, Fishermen, Factory & Unorganised Workers, Farm labour & millions more. How will they & their families survive for 21 days," the Congress leader asked.
He also mentioned the "sad truth" dubbing the lockdown as "too little, too late. "84 days after the spread of #COVID2019, Govt banned export of Ventilators, Respiratory Devices & Sanitisers only yesterday on 24th March! Is this your Govt’s “modus operandi” to fight Corona Virus," he asked.
He reminded the PM that "crying need is to arm our Doctors, Nurses & Health Workers with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), but why are N-95 Masks,Hazmat Suits not available?
"In March itself, India needs 7.25 Lakh Body Suits, 60 L N-95 Masks, 1 CR 3 Ply Masks? When will they be available?
"We are in the middle of a crisis & instances like these break our heart. We appeal to everyone to extend their support to all those who are constantly fighting day in & day out to get us out of this crisis. It's time for us to stand united."
Surjewala said: "India will adhere to #lockdown, but what’s ur plan to address the huge issue of bread & butter & livelihood for millions?"
"How will daily wagers, labourers, MNREGA workers, Factory workers, Unorganised workers, Fishermen, Farmers & Farm Labour sustain for 21 days," he asked.
Noting that "Farmer is “अन्नदाता” (food givers), 2/3rd poulation engaged in Agriculture," the Congress leader told PM: "You didn’t utter a word for Farmers."
"Crop is ready for harvest in March itself. How will it be harvested & sold and who will buy at fair price? Have you even thought of farmer’s woes?"
Surjewala said: "Indebtedness Relief to Farmers is the only way forward in these testing times. Pl put a moratorium on Farmer’s loans & recoveries. Pl ensure procurement of crops at MSP.
"Let’s not forget, Farmers are backbone of India’s economy."
SOLUTION: "Need of the hour is to implement forth with “Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme” (न्याय) mooted by Rahulji & Congress.
Pl transfer ₹7,500 to every Jan Dhan A/C, PM Kisan A/C & every Pension A/C to tide over nutrition needs of 21 days & give free PDS ration," Surjewala said.



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