Punjab

Centre government fails to provide assistance to people during lockdown: Rana Sodhi

Punjab Tribune Bureau | May 28, 2020 05:22 PM

Demands monetary assistance of Rs.7500 per month for families out of Income Tax domain

Country’s deteriorating economic situation forced poor people to return to their home states

Says, Congress will launch nationwide agitation

 

 CHANDIGARH: Lashing out at BJP-led union government on the issue of economical and physical misery of the people due to the countrywide lockdown in wake of COVID-19, Punjab Sports and Youth Services and NRIs Affairs Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi has demanded monetary assistance of Rs.7500 per month for next six months to those families, who are out of Income Tax ambit. He also demanded immediate payment of Rs.10,000 to these families in their bank accounts for their livelihood.

 

Tearing apart so called pro-people policies of union government during live streaming on Facebook page at his official residence here today, Rana Sodhi said, “Narendra Modi-led government had failed miserably to provide any relief to people throughout the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of the epidemic. He said that the condition of all sections across the country has been deteriorating day by day. People are broken down not only financial front but physically and mentally as well. Inflation is at all-time high, the economic situation is volatile and workers are in streets but those are at the centre government, has no concern towards common people.”

 

Reiterating commitment of the Punjab Government to extend all possible help to the people in these challenging times, the Cabinet Minister said that at present, millions of migrant workers, women and children wanted to return back to their native states, but no relief was given to them even their train fare wasn’t waived off. Rather, the Punjab Government has been bearing the cost of their train fares. “Small scale traders, rickshaw pullers, hawkers, hair dressers and laborers etc. have suffered a lot since the nationwide lockdown imposed. They also need immediate financial assistance”, he added.

 

If the union government, Rana Sodhi warned, didn’t pay heed to this sensitive issue, the Congress party would launch a nationwide agitation and force the union government to help the people in need.

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