Congress questions the post-government shutdown strategy: What happens after May 17?
NEW DELHI: President Sonia gandhi on Wednesday he questioned the government about the criteria it adopted to judge how long the Covid-19-induced one will continue.
Addressing a meeting of chief ministers from states where Congress is in power, he asked what happens after May 17? The third phase of the closure ends on May 17.
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former head of Congress Rahul Gandhi they were part of the meeting.
"After May 17th, What? and After May 17th, How?...what criteria is GoI (government of India ) using to judge how long the lockdown is to continue...," Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala quoted Sonia gandhi as saying in the video conference with CMs.
He thanked the farmers, particularly from Punjab and Haryana, for ensuring food security by providing excellent wheat crops despite all possibilities.
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Former prime minister Manmohan Singh also said, "We need to know, as Soniaji said, what will happen after lockdown 3.0?".
Soniaji has already pointed this out. CM needs to deliberate and ask what the Indian government's strategy is to get the country out of the shutdown, Singh asked.
Speaking at the meeting, the Prime Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh He said he has established two committees, one to strategize on how to get out of the shutdown and the other on economic recovery.
The concern is that people sitting in Delhi decide on the classification of the zones (Covid-19) without knowing what is happening on the ground, he said at the meeting.
Rajasthan Prime Minister Ashok Gehlot said, until a comprehensive stimulus package is delivered, how will states and country work? We have lost income of Rs 10,000.
He said states have repeatedly asked the prime minister for a package, but we have no news from the Indian government yet.
Chhattisgarh Prime Minister Bhupesh Baghel said: States are facing a serious economic crisis. They need immediate assistance.
Chattisgarh, he said, is a state where 80 percent of small industries have restarted and nearly 85,000 workers have returned to work.