Revealed: March 25, 2020 2:57:51 am
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking him advise state governments to roll out emergency welfare measures, notably wage help, to building staff in misery.
She additionally wrote comparable letters to the chief ministers of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Puducherry, the place her get together is in energy.
In her letter to the Prime Minister, Gandhi identified that Constructing and Different Building Employee’s Welfare Boards in states have reportedly collected cess amounting to Rs 49, 688 crores until March 31. “Nonetheless, solely an quantity of Rs 19,379 crores had been spent,” she stated.
Arguing that “a number of international locations.most notably Canada has introduced wage subsidy measures as a part of its COVID-19 Financial Response Plan”, she requested that the federal government “contemplate advising the State Constructing and Different Building Employee’s Welfare Boards to roll out emergency welfare measures, notably wage help, to the development staff who’re in misery”.
The Congress president stated lakhs of migrant staff in main cities throughout India have left for his or her hometowns and villages, fearing a protracted financial downturn. “Because the second largest employer in India, over 44 million building staff are actually confronted with a precarious future. Many are stranded in cities and are disadvantaged of their livelihood because of the stringent lockdown measures,” she stated.
In her letter to the chief ministers, she stated the development sector remains to be reeling underneath the dual blow of demonetisation and GST and argued that the “slowdown triggered by COVID-19 is prone to additional deepen the disaster”.
She stated building staff, given their dependence on day by day wages, require pressing wage help, and requested the CMs to advise the Welfare Boards to unlock the “giant pool of unutilized funds collective by means of the levy of Constructing and Different Building Employees Welfare Cess” to supply wage help to the development staff.
In the meantime, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in a press release requested individuals to “observe strict social isolation distancing measures” to decelerate transmission of the novel coronavirus illness. “Over the previous few months, a number of international locations, most notably Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan that enforced social isolation and performed mass testing early on, have been in a position to comprise the outbreak and drastically cut back fatalities.
“World public well being specialists have warned that numerous circumstances stay undetected in India and will unfold within the absence of containment measures. On this backdrop, the subsequent 3-Four weeks is an important window to comprise the pandemic in India and concerned making pressing way of life modifications,” he stated.
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