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Chidambaram Urges Help for ‘Commander’ Modi



Chidambaram Urges Help for ‘Commander’ Modi

2020-03-24 22:27:38

Congress chief P Chidambaram

The Congress chief instructed a 10-point plan to place cash within the financial institution accounts of the poor and the marginalised, together with farmers and labourers.

  • Final Up to date: March 25, 2020, 3:57 PM IST
New Delhi: In uncommon present of unity within the face of a pandemic, former Union finance minister and Congress chief P Chidambaram on Wednesday described the lockdown introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “watershed second” within the battle in opposition to COVID-19 and referred to as Modi because the commander and the folks as “foot troopers”.
In a press release, Chidambaram additionally instructed a 10-point plan to place cash within the financial institution accounts of the poor and the marginalised, together with farmers and labourers, and demanded a minimize in GST charges by 5 per cent on all wage items, important items and companies, and all items of mass consumption from April 1 to June 30, 2020.

“The prime minister‘s announcement yesterday of a nationwide 21-day lockdown is a watershed second within the battle in opposition to COVID-19. We must always put behind us the debates that came about earlier than March 24 and look upon the nationwide lockdown as the start of a brand new battle by which the persons are the foot troopers and the PM is the Commander.”
“We owe an obligation to increase our complete help to the prime minister and the central and state governments, he mentioned.
A senior Congress functionary, nonetheless, mentioned this was Chidambaram’s private view and never that of the celebration.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday introduced a whole lockdown of the complete nation for 21 days in an unprecedented drastic measure to attempt halt the unfold of coronavirus shortly after which the Centre mentioned all highway, rail and air companies will stay suspended throughout this era.
Chidambaram additionally urged folks to remain dwelling, saying STAYHOMEINDIA is a good rally cry.

He additionally referred to as for defense of the present employment and wages, moreover placing cash into the fingers of the poor and the marginalised.
Here’s a 10-point plan (with out an excessive amount of elaboration) which is meant to place money and meals instantly within the fingers of the poor and the susceptible. It’s positioned for the consideration of the federal government and for a direct announcement of reduction, he mentioned.
Chidambaram referred to as for doubling the quantity paid/payable below PM-KISAN to Rs 12,000 and switch the extra quantity instantly to the checking account of every beneficiary.
For tenant farmers, he referred to as for bringing them below PM-KISAN after taking the lists from the state governments and switch Rs 12,000 (in two installments) to the checking account of every tenant farmer.
He additionally demanded transferring Rs 3,000 into financial institution accounts of registered MGNREGA staff.
For the city poor, the previous FM demanded switch of Rs 6,000 into their Jan Dhan accounts, moreover providing 10 kg of rice or wheat completely free, as a one-time measure within the subsequent 21 days to each ration card holder.
The previous union minister referred to as for asking all registered employers to take care of present ranges of employment and wages.
“Assure to such employers who achieve this that the wages of the staff shall be reimbursed by the federal government inside 30 days of cost,” he mentioned.
Chidambaram additionally referred to as for opening a register in each ward or block and invite individuals who haven’t obtained cost below any of the classes. These, he mentioned, embrace road folks and destitutes.
After minimal verification, open a checking account in every identify (if there’s not already one), seed it with Aadhaar and switch Rs 3,000 into every checking account, he mentioned.
Chidambaram additionally sought extension of deadlines for cost of any sort of tax till June 30, 2020. Within the interim, banks will be instructed to lend to panchayats, municipalities and companies in opposition to the safety of the tax receivables.
He mentioned banks must be instructed to increase the date for any sort of EMI cost till 30 June 2020.
The previous finance minister mentioned these steps are for the current, one-time money transfers and the necessity for additional cash transfers will be assessed relying upon the state of affairs because it evolves.
“This plan would deal with solely the speedy problem of placing money within the fingers of the individuals who will STAY HOME. There are lots of different challenges that must be addressed within the subsequent few days, he mentioned.

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