New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) The Congress working committee (CWC) on Thursday pledged its “unstinted” support in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic but said it will continue highlighting the shortcomings in the government initiatives and suggested priorities.
The CWC said that the economic revival is essential part which may need Rs 5-6 lakh crore of resources and demanded that the government should immediately appoint an ‘economic Task Force’ consisting of world renowned economists to suggest emergency plan within one week; a short to medium term plan within one month; and a medium to long term plan within three months in order to protect and revive the economy as majority of the state governments have complained of inadequate financial resources in absence of central government not releasing state’s share of the GST.
The CWC in its resolution said that, “India and the whole world faces an unprecedented crisis, the rapid spread of coronavirus or COVID-19 that has the potential to claim hundreds of thousands of lives and devastate the world’s economy.”
“From the day the first case tested positive in India, the Congress has extended its total support to the central and state governments in their efforts to deal with the grave and unfolding circumstances. The Congress pledges to continue its unstinted support.” the resolution said.
The CWC thanked doctors, nurses, health workers, Safai Karamcharis, Police Personnel and employees of every central and state government departments providing essential services to the people for their courage and services.
A lockdown or any other kind of restrictions is futile unless it is accompanied by extensive testing. It is the testing that has yielded results in some countries, the party said.
However, the party said that the government should have priority in dealing with the containment of the spread of the virus by extensive testing, medical treatment to the infected persons, and livelihood support to the poor people, especially daily wage earners, migrant workers, casual and temporary workers, laid-off workers, self-employed, farmers, tenant farmers and landless agricultural workers and ensure maintenance of supply of goods and services so that people locked down in their homes can access their daily household needs.