JAMMU: Former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla on Wednesday said the ongoing lockdown to combat the COVID-19 pandemic has badly hit the working class.
He said we all need to stand shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters during these tough times.
He demanded Govt to expedite efforts on ground to tackle COVID-19 in J&K and urged party workers to provide all assistance to the needy as the lockdown is eased.
Former Minister also noted that his party will closely monitor which sector is getting what from the economic package.
He suggested the government to first focus on the poor, hungry and devastated migrant workers and the first thing we will look for is what the poor, hungry and devastated migrant workers can expect after they have walked hundreds of kilometres to their home states.
“It is my initiative to restore and repair the connect with workers that got broken down due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown,” Bhalla said.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has taken a “historic” decision on behalf of the party to pay for the rail ticket of migrant labourers and now it is the responsibility of all Congress workers to ensure that no one in need is left out, he said. In India, the economy has been brought to a halt.
Former Minister maintained that the big challenge for India is that few of the existing policy levers can mitigate the stress in the informal sector.
Therefore, he said, the relief must be well-targeted, and not squandered on unconditional giveaways to big businesses and well-off consumers.
Given the magnitude of potential unemployment, business failure, and financial-system risk, former Minister demanded planning comprehensive package of fiscal and monetary interventions.
He urged administration to work in close coordination and bring the mortality rate to its minimum.
“We can’t afford any lapse from the administration in this hour of crisis, which needs profiling of the vulnerable areas and efforts to reach out to the affected people on priority,” he said.
He demanded Govt to ensure safety and security for the people by lending all necessary and possible support to the needy people in their areas.
He urged people to take special care of vulnerable age groups like elderly, children and people with existing illnesses. He reiterated that there should not be shortage of essential commodities or any service and asked people to maintain social distance as a precautionary measure to stop the spread of the virus.