Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to extend the nationwide lockdown till May 3. But Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said that some relief for the needy was also required.
However, senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor added that the PM Modi should have decided some relief measures “for those who cannot make ends meet”.
Former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor tweeted I support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision on the nationwide lockdown extension. gains made during the 21 days nation-wide lockdown could not be discarded. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have also declared serious relief for those who cannot make the ends meet. MGNREGA payments, Jan Dhan accounts, GST dues to states, and aid to sweeten the pill.
The 21-day nation-wide lockdown, which was declared by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month, was lined up to end on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi informed the nation in a televised address that till 20th April, all districts, localities, states will be closely checked, as to how strictly they are deploying norms. The states which do not let coronavirus hotspots increase will be excused to resume some important activities, but with certain limitations.
Some states like Odisha, Punjab, Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry have already declared the continuation of the lockdown in their respective states.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said today that India’s total number of COVID-19 positive cases has been reached to 12,363 including 10,908 active cases, 1,100 discharged or migrated and 420 deaths.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said during the presser through video conferencing that I disagree with PM Modi with a lot of issues but now is not the time to fight. Unite and fight the virus.