Provide financial assistance to those hit by lockdown, Congress told Karnataka government
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee Chairman DK Shivakumar said the government should announce a financial package and deposit money into the accounts of the poor who will be hit with no source of income during the 14-day period.
The opposition Congress on Tuesday demanded the immediate announcement of a relief plan for those affected by the lockdown, as well as a waiver of interest on loans up to 10 lakh and a moratorium on loan repayments during two years.
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) Chairman DK Shivakumar said the government should announce a financial package and deposit money into the accounts of the poor who will be stricken with no source of income during the 14 days.
Opposition leader Siddaramaiah held both Union and state governments accountable for the increase in COVID-19 cases and demanded that the state government provide 10kg of rice and ₹ 10,000 in cash to all affected.
Mr. Shivakumar and 50 other top State Congress leaders held a virtual conference with the Secretary General of the All-India Congress Committee (AICC) in charge of Karnataka, Randeep Surjewala, and decided to establish a COVID-19 center in state level in Bengaluru.
Mr. Surjewala suggested to Mr. Siddaramaiah and Mr. Shivakumar to write to the Chief Minister to request the immediate announcement of a financial package for the poor and needy.
For the creation of the COVID-19 center, the party would involve its leaders who have managed hospitals in different districts, the KPCC chief said. Senior leaders such as G. Parameshwara, MB Patil and Shamanur Shivashankarappa run hospitals in different districts.
Congress had opposed the lockdown because it would affect the livelihoods of lakhs of people such as day laborers, garment workers and street vendors.
Although experts alerted the government to the likely arrival of a second wave of COVID-19 last November, the government has turned a deaf ear to their suggestions and has shown no preparedness for dealing with the pandemic, said Mr. Siddaramaiah.
During the interaction, Mr Surjewala criticized the BJP government led by BS Yediyurappa for creating an “alarming situation” in the town of Bengaluru, which faces a shortage of beds, intensive care beds and medicines. for COVID-19 patients. “The BJP government has abdicated its responsibilities and abandoned the people of Bengaluru and Karnataka,” he said.
He also called on state congressional leaders to open a hotline to help patients and distribute food packages to the poor, PPE kits for doctors and hand sanitizers to small traders. He told executives to make sure a team of doctors is available to see patients over the phone.
During the interaction, Mr. Shivakumar accused the government of failing to provide oxygen and Remdesivir to private hospitals run by congressional leaders. The government controls the supply of drugs and oxygen, he said.
Senior leaders Mr. Mallikarjun Kharge, KH Muniyappa, Jairam Ramesh, SR Patil, Dinesh Gundu Rao, Mr. Veerappa Moily, Margaret Alva, BL Shankar, Ramalinga Reddy and others participated in the discussion.