Congress MP Mallikarjun Kharge on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to supply six strategies to assist fight the second Covid wave, which he stated had pressured “ordinary Indians (into) selling land, jewellery and expending savings to ensure treatment for loved ones”.
Mr Kharge, who’s Leader of the Opposition within the Rajya Sabha, urged the Prime Minister to undertake a “collective and consensual” strategy, and stated civil society and citizen teams have been preventing an “extraordinary national battle” as a result of the centre “seems to have abdicated its duties”.
In his letter Mr Kharge referred to as on the centre to convene an all-party assembly to “collectively forge a holistic blueprint to tackle the pandemic” and utilise the Rs 35,000 crore allocated for Covid vaccines to make sure all Indians are inoculated.
He additionally requested the centre to “leverage compulsory licensing” to extend vaccine manufacturing, waive taxes on critical medical equipment – vaccines (5 per cent), PPE kits (between 5 and 12 per cent), ambulances (28 per cent) and oxygen concentrators (12 per cent).
Mr Kharge additionally requested for distribution of foreign relief material to be expedited and a rise in minimal pay and work days (from 100 to 200) below MNREGA to assist unemployed migrants.
The letter is the third attraction by a Congress chief in as many days, following letters from Lok Sabha MP Rahul Gandhi and a press release from interim celebration chief Sonia Gandhi.
Mr Gandhi, in his letter, urged the Prime Minister to “scientifically track the virus and its mutations”, and warned him in opposition to allowing mutated versions of the virus to spread unchecked.
Mrs Gandhi was extra direct in her criticism; she accused the centre of having “failed the people of our country”, and stated it was “heart-breaking” to see hundreds of thousands scramble for medical assist.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also written to the Prime Minister, warning of a possible oxygen provide disaster in her state and calling for tax waiver for medical gear.
Prime Minister Modi has spoken individually to the leaders of the worst-affected states – this morning he spoke to Punjab, Bihar, Karnataka and Uttarakhand – to overview the state of affairs.
The centre has ordered a collection of measures to assist struggle the virus, together with changing hospital admission policies, approving new medicines and agreeing to a national audit of oxygen supply.
On Saturday worldwide medical journal The Lancet said the India had “squandered” its early successes in controlling COVID-19, and that Prime Minister Modi’s authorities might preside over “a self-inflicted national catastrophe”, and urged it to begin “owning up to its mistakes”.
India is scrambling to comprise a devastating second Covid wave that has seen it report more than four lakh new cases in each of the past four days, and greater than three lakh a day since April 22.
Active instances throughout the nation at the moment are over 36.5 lakh – almost 4 instances greater than the earlier document, which was set in September final yr in the course of the first wave.