The CWC handed a decision on the COVID-19 state of affairs after a gathering, which was attended by the social gathering’s high brass, together with Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former social gathering president Rahul Gandhi.
- Last Updated: June 23, 2020, 9:10 PM IST
The Congress on Tuesday accused the Centre of abandoning its tasks in coping with the COVID-19 disaster and passing the buck to the states, with social gathering chief Sonia Gandhi saying the “mismanagement” of the pandemic is one of the “most disastrous” failures of the Modi authorities.
The Congress Working Committee (CWC) handed a decision on the COVID-19 state of affairs after a gathering, which was attended by the social gathering’s high brass, together with Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former social gathering president Rahul Gandhi.
It is stunning that the nation has registered the final one lakh constructive instances in simply eight days and there’s a nationwide spike of about 15,000 new instances every day, the decision famous.
In her opening remarks on the assembly, Sonia Gandhi mentioned the pandemic hit India in February and the social gathering supplied its whole assist to the federal government and to “lockdown 1.0”.
Phase one of the COVID-19-induced nationwide lockdown was imposed from March 25 and subsequently there have been three phases of the shutdown to forestall the unfold of the novel coronavirus. ‘Unlock-1’ was initiated within the nation from June eight underneath which lockdown guidelines had been relaxed to an important extent.
“Within weeks, it was apparent that the government was totally unprepared to manage the fallout of a lockdown. The result was the greatest humanitarian crisis witnessed since 1947-48. Millions of migrant (guest) workers, daily wage earners and self-employed were devastated. One hundred and thirty million jobs are estimated to have been lost,” the Congress chief mentioned.
“Crores of MSMEs have been shut, perhaps forever. Despite the assurances of the prime minister who centralised all authority in his hands, the pandemic continues to rage,” she mentioned.
Expressing deep concern over India’s COVID-19 an infection curve rising exponentially, as a substitute of flattening, the CWC mentioned well being consultants counsel that peak of the an infection has not even been reached.
The grave deficiencies within the well being infrastructure have been uncovered and the promised “peak” is nowhere in sight, Sonia Gandhi mentioned.
“Actually, the people have been left to protect themselves as best as possible. The mismanagement of the pandemic will be recorded as one of the most disastrous failures of the Modi government,” she mentioned.
In the decision, the CWC mentioned the Union authorities appears to have deserted its tasks and handed the buck to the states, with out providing satisfactory assist.
“Four months into the pandemic, it is astonishing that the Modi government has not unveiled a coherent strategy on reducing fatalities, increasing testing, contact tracing and ensuring social distancing and safety for the most vulnerable population,” the decision mentioned.
There is not any nationwide knowledge on out there hospital beds and ventilators, and no readability on future capability planning, it mentioned.
There is completely no sense of urgency or a reputable plan to increase the beleaguered well being workforce with fast recruitment of younger docs, nurses and different well being staff, the decision mentioned.
Attacking the federal government, the Congress additionally alleged that the PM CARES fund continues to be “woefully under-utilised” and administered with none transparency in any respect.
Asserting that extraordinary occasions require extraordinary measures, the CWC urged the Centre to supply quick reduction for these paying exorbitant costs for COVID-19 remedy in personal hospitals by capping the value.
Claiming that the testing protocols set by the ICMR maintain altering, it mentioned the latest introduction of antigen testing with decrease sensitivity than RT-PCR assessments has solely added to the coverage confusion.
Neither is there consistency nor transparency on testing knowledge, the social gathering alleged.
“To be ‘atmanirbhar’ (self-reliant) as a nation and to combat COVID-19, the Modi government must draw upon this great nation’s strength, not undermine it,” the Congress mentioned.
In one other decision, the CWC additionally expressed shock and concern over the repeated and “unjust” improve in petrol and diesel costs as additionally excise obligation during the last three months of the lockdown.
“The central government is profiteering by fleecing the people of India. This is illustrated starkly by the fact that the central government has increased the excise duty on petrol from Rs 9.20 per litre and on diesel from Rs 3.46 per litre in 2014 to an additional Rs 23.78 per litre on petrol and an additional Rs. 28.37 per litre on diesel,” the decision mentioned.
The CWC condemned these hikes and reminded the federal government of its “Raj Dharma”, the decision mentioned.
The social gathering additionally urges the central authorities to contemplate a direct money switch to the poorest of the poor.