NEW DELHI: Congress and CPM slammed PM Modi on Tuesday for not announcing any contingency plan for the millions of poor in the country who will be hit by the government’s announcement of the 21-day total lock down.
Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said Modi gave no clear path to how the daily wage workers, farmers and labourers would tide through the crisis this would result in. CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury echoed the sentiment. On Twitter, he said , “No measures to assist the poor migrants most hurt by sudden lock down. Most of them are stranded en route without food or shelter. How will they reach safe spaces? How will they survive without money or food and with reports of police harassment too?”
Yechury also slammed Modi over his assertion that every state government must prioritise health and said, “PM spoke of the need for state governments to be focussed on health! He forgot how the BJP at such a sensitive time went about destabilising an elected state govt in Madhya Pradesh, and let the Parliament run to meet its anti-democratic designs.”
Meanwhile, Congress MPs Manickam Tagore and Shashi Tharoor, who had written to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Monday seeking changes in MP Local Area Development (MPLAD) Fund rules to permit disbursement for health services in their constituencies also said they will now extend all necessary help to rein in the spread of coronavirus in their respective parliamentary constituencies. Speaking to TOI, Tagore said, “There was a demand from my constituency for funds to by essential health supplies like masks and thermal scanners to rein in the spread of coronavirus pandemic. Since this was not listed in the permitted works under the MPLAD scheme, I wrote to Speaker Om Birla yesterday. We have been advised that the changes have been made today and MPs can now extend help through MPLAD for this work.”