Punjab plans panel for economy revival

Punjab plans panel for economy revival

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The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh said on Wednesday the state had set up two committees, one to strategize on how to come out of lockdown and another on economic revival.

Capt. Singh made the remarks during the Congress President,Mrs. Sonia Gandhi's interaction with the Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states on the management of COVID-19 and the post-May 17 challenges.

'Concern is that people sitting in Delhi are deciding on classification of zones without knowing what’s happening on the ground,' added Capt. Singh.

Addressing the Chief Ministers, Mrs. Gandhi asked what criteria the government would adopt to continue or discontinue the lockdown.

'After May 17th, what? And after May 17th, how? What criteria is GOI using to judge how long the lockdown is to continue?' she asked.

The former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, who also joined the web meeting, seconded Mrs.Gandhi said, 'We need to know as Soniaji said, what will happen after lockdown 3.0?'

Speaking first Rajasthan's Ashok Gehlot demanded a stimulus package.

He said, 'Until an extensive stimulus package is given, how will the states and the country run? We have lost Rs 10,000 crore of revenue. States have repeatedly requested the PM for a package but we are yet to hear from GOI.'