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PM Modi Dropped Enough Hints on Extending Lockdown, Says TMC Leader After All-party Meet

PM Narendra Modi at a virtual meeting with leaders on Wednesday.

PM Narendra Modi at a digital assembly with leaders on Wednesday.

Bandopadhyay urged Modi to not droop the MPLAD funds scheme as it could affect improvement works on the grassroots degree and demanded a monetary assist for West Bengal to deal with the outbreak.

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  • Last Updated: April 8, 2020, 9:06 PM IST

TMC chief Sudip Bandopadhyay stated Prime Minister Narendra Modi, throughout an all-party assembly on Wednesday, dropped sufficient hints of extending the lockdown as consultants and several other states are in favour of it to be able to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bandopadhyay, the chief of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) within the Lok Sabha, spoke to the prime minister throughout a video-conference Modi held with the ground leaders of various events in Parliament to debate the scenario arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic and the federal government’s efforts to include the fast-spreading virus within the nation.

“TMC and many other parties asked the prime minister whether the lockdown would be extended, as people are keen to know about it. In his reply, the prime minister said lifting the lockdown at one go is not advisable as several experts and states have suggested extending it. He said he will discuss the issue with the chief ministers before a decision is taken,” Bandopadhyay advised PTI.

A 21-day lockdown was imposed within the nation on March 25 within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bandopadhyay urged Modi to not droop the MPLAD funds scheme as it could affect improvement works on the grassroots degree and demanded a monetary assist for West Bengal to deal with the outbreak.

“I have requested the prime minister for financial aid for West Bengal and to sanction the package of Rs 25,000 crore as demanded by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. I have also urged him to release Bengal’s share of GST till March 2020. I have requested him not to suspend the MPLAD funds and told him that we are ready to give away our full salary,” he stated.

The MPLAD funds assist public representatives to take improvement to the grassroots degree and it shouldn’t be stopped, the TMC chief added.

The Union cupboard accepted an ordinance on Monday to scale back the salaries of the Members of Parliament (MPs) by 30 per cent for a 12 months and utilise the quantity within the combat in opposition to coronavirus.

The cupboard additionally accepted a brief suspension of the MPLAD (Member of Parliament Local Area Development) funds scheme throughout 2020-21 and 2021-22 and stated it will likely be used for managing well being companies and the hostile affect of the COVID-19 pandemic within the nation.

The TMC had earlier stated it could not attend Wednesday’s assembly with the prime minister, however subsequently, modified its choice.

On the export of hydroxychloroquine, Bandopadhyay stated the TMC has conveyed its opinion that the medication ought to be shipped to different international locations solely after it’s ensured that India has an ample provide to serve its personal wants.

He stated he has urged the prime minister to make sure that there are not any layoffs in the private and non-private sectors and that every day wage earners get a monetary package deal.

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