Chidambaram for quick relief to poor

Chidambaram for quick relief to poor

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Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram has called for providing immediate cash to the poor, while accusing the government of adopting a miserly and negligent approach towards the deprived during the lockdown.

“With unemployment at 23 per cent (CMIE) and a freeze on daily wages/incomes, the government must immediately find the resources and remonetise (give cash to) the poor,” he said.

“The miserly and cruelly negligent approach of the government has compounded the hardships of the poor,” he charged.

He said as among the first to advocate a lockdown, he welcomed the Centre's consulting the states on whether the lockdown should be lifted after April 14.

The answer cannot be based on personal or sectoral interests, he said.

“The answer must be determined solely by two numbers — the absolute increase in positive cases every day and the rate of increase. As of today, both numbers point to adopting a cautious and conservative approach,” he added.

Mr. Chidambaram pointed out that what is missing in the lockdown strategy is putting cash in the hands of poor people.