CONGRESS leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday, May 8, 2020, pleaded for ‘Income Support’ to at least 13 crores poorest households transfecting Rs.7,500 per month preferably to each household. Even if Rs.5,000 is transferred to each of the 13 crore households saying it will amount to a total of only Rs.65,000 crore. He suggested Food Security for the 11-crore people currently outside PDS. Our go-downs are full of grains. Delivery of 10 kg food grains (rice or wheat), can be ensured, he added.
Expressing concern over various sections of the society impacted due to the ongoing lockdown necessitated to contain COVID-19, he called for transferring Rs.10,000 as Urgent Income Support to each of the 8.22 crore PM Kisan Yojana accounts. The government should purchase every ounce of woodgrain at MSP and remove GST on Fertilizers, Pesticides and Agricultural Equipment immediately. He recalled that 6.25 crore MSMEs generate over 11 crore jobs. They should be given 1 lakh crore ‘Wage Protection and introduction of ‘Credit Guarantee Scheme’ to MSMEs. with six months interest subsidy equal to six months of interest on loan taken by MSMEs is urgently needed.
Except for hotspots, retail supply chains should be restored. This will bring relief to around 7 crore shopkeepers all across India. 100 days of guaranteed wage employment under MGNREGA should be doubled to 200 days to provide more relief and avenues to earn. Close to 28-30% of our population now resides in urban areas. A MGNREGA like guaranteed wage employment programme must be introduced in urban areas as well, he said. (image courtesy to inc.in)