COVID-19 Lockdown: Mayawati Demands ‘Relief Package’ For Poor

Mumbai: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Thursday appealed to the central and state governments to give a systematic “relief package” to prevent coronavirus to facilitate the food needs of the country’s 130 crores poor during the 21-day lockout.

“After 21 days of lockdown and curfew restrictions being strictly enforced on the 130 crores poor/toiling masses of the country, now the Center and the State government should arrange a systematic relief package to fill the stomach of people to overcome their problem of bread and livelihood. Pay attention to it immediately,” Mayawati tweeted in Hindi.

The BSP chief stressed the needs of the private sector and its employees in the country at the time of lockup.

“With the lockdown imposed on the private sector in this country and the various concessions being given to them, the central and state governments should ensure that the people working there are paid a monthly salary. People are also appealed to comply with government directives,” she said.

To ensure adequate supply during the lockdown, the central government on Thursday announced a food security scheme to benefit 80 crore people across the country. Under the scheme, the government will provide food grains from 2 kg to 7 kg per person through ration shops.

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar told the media after attending a cabinet committee meeting, “The government has decided to provide 7 kg per person of foodgrains to 80 crore people under the Public Distribution System (PDS), which the world’s largest food security system,”

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown across the country from midnight to combat the spread of coronavirus, saying “social disturbances” are the only option to combat the disease, which spreads rapidly.

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