Accusing the Modi authorities of “gross unpreparedness” and “adhocism” in coping with the COVID-19 disaster, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday made a slew of recommendations to the Centre to take care of the pandemic reminiscent of decreasing the immunization age to 25 years and offering revenue assist to individuals.
In her opening remarks, whereas chairing the assembly of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), Gandhi additionally accused the Centre of giving preferential therapy to some states whereas sustaining “thundering silence” on requests of states dominated by the Congress and opposition events.
The Congress has at all times believed that combating the COVID-19 pandemic is a nationwide problem that must be saved above social gathering politics, she asserted.
“We have now prolonged our palms of cooperation proper from February-March, 2020. We can’t, nevertheless, lose sight of the truth that the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the nation with fury. Regardless of a yr to organize, we’ve, regrettably, been caught off guard once more,” Gandhi mentioned.
As an alternative of listening to the constructive recommendations of the opposition, Union ministers are pressed into service to assault leaders of opposition for giving these recommendations, she mentioned.
“This convoluted ‘me versus you’ debate is infantile and completely pointless,” Gandhi asserted.
Making a number of recommendations to the federal government, she mentioned the Centre should additionally rethink its precedence for vaccine candidates by decreasing the immunization age to 25 years and above as additionally all youthful individuals with at-risk well being problems like bronchial asthma, angina, diabetes, kidney and liver ailments and different related illnesses.
“In the midst of my talks with our chief ministers, the query of GST (Items and Providers Tax) got here up. They felt that as a preliminary measure, all gear, devices, medicines and assist required to forestall and deal with COVID-19 must be made free from GST,” Gandhi mentioned.
It’s a matter of grave concern that life saving medicine like Remdesivir and medical oxygen as additionally different fundamental dietary supplements are subjected to 12 per cent GST, the Congress chief mentioned.
“Because the central and state governments transfer forward to regulate the scenario by resorting to partial curfews, journey restrictions, closure and lockdowns; we’ll once more be limiting financial exercise that may hit the already beleaguered individuals, particularly the poor and the every day wagers,” she mentioned.
“It’s, subsequently, crucial to supply month-to-month revenue assist and switch an quantity of Rs 6,000 in each eligible citizen’s account,” Gandhi mentioned.
Taking up these difficult occasions as Indians relatively than as political opponents will likely be true ‘Rajadharma’, she pressured.
The CWC assembly was additionally attended by former social gathering chief Rahul Gandhi, normal secretaries, different everlasting invitees and state in-charges of the social gathering.