The CWC handed a decision on the COVID-19 scenario after a gathering, which was attended by the occasion’s high brass, together with Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former occasion president Rahul Gandhi.
- Final Up to date: 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 occasion chief Sonia Gandhi saying the “mismanagement” of the pandemic is among the “most disastrous” failures of the Modi authorities.
The Congress Working Committee (CWC) handed a decision on the COVID-19 scenario after a gathering, which was attended by the occasion’s high brass, together with Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former occasion president Rahul Gandhi.
It’s surprising 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 stated the pandemic hit India in February and the occasion supplied its complete assist to the federal government and to “lockdown 1.0”.
Part one of many COVID-19-induced nationwide lockdown was imposed from March 25 and subsequently there have been three phases of the shutdown to stop the unfold of the novel coronavirus. ‘Unlock-1’ was initiated within the nation from June eight underneath which lockdown guidelines had been relaxed to a terrific extent.
“Inside weeks, it was obvious that the federal government was completely unprepared to handle the fallout of a lockdown. The outcome was the best humanitarian disaster witnessed since 1947-48. Thousands and thousands of migrant (visitor) employees, every day wage earners and self-employed had been devastated. 100 and thirty million jobs are estimated to have been misplaced,” the Congress chief stated.
“Crores of MSMEs have been shut, maybe perpetually. Regardless of the assurances of the prime minister who centralised all authority in his fingers, the pandemic continues to rage,” she stated.
Expressing deep concern over India’s COVID-19 an infection curve rising exponentially, as a substitute of flattening, the CWC stated 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 stated.
“Truly, the individuals have been left to guard themselves as finest as doable. The mismanagement of the pandemic will probably be recorded as some of the disastrous failures of the Modi authorities,” she stated.
Within the decision, the CWC stated the Union authorities appears to have deserted its tasks and handed the buck to the states, with out providing satisfactory assist.
“4 months into the pandemic, it’s astonishing that the Modi authorities has not unveiled a coherent technique on lowering fatalities, growing testing, contact tracing and making certain social distancing and security for probably the most susceptible inhabitants,” the decision stated.
There isn’t a nationwide information on accessible hospital beds and ventilators, and no readability on future capability planning, it stated.
There’s completely no sense of urgency or a reputable plan to broaden the beleaguered well being workforce with fast recruitment of younger medical doctors, nurses and different well being employees, the decision stated.
Attacking the federal government, the Congress additionally alleged that the PM CARES fund continues to be “woefully under-utilised” and administered with none transparency by any means.
Asserting that extraordinary instances require extraordinary measures, the CWC urged the Centre to offer speedy aid for these paying exorbitant costs for COVID-19 remedy in personal hospitals by capping the worth.
Claiming that the testing protocols set by the ICMR preserve altering, it stated the current 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 information, the occasion alleged.
“To be ‘atmanirbhar’ (self-reliant) as a nation and to fight COVID-19, the Modi authorities should draw upon this nice nation’s energy, not undermine it,” the Congress stated.
In one other decision, the CWC additionally expressed shock and concern over the repeated and “unjust” enhance in petrol and diesel costs as additionally excise responsibility during the last three months of the lockdown.
“The central authorities is profiteering by fleecing the individuals of India. That is illustrated starkly by the truth that the central authorities has elevated the excise responsibility on petrol from Rs 9.20 per litre and on diesel from Rs 3.46 per litre in 2014 to a further Rs 23.78 per litre on petrol and a further Rs. 28.37 per litre on diesel,” the decision stated.
The CWC condemned these hikes and reminded the federal government of its “Raj Dharma”, the decision stated.
The occasion additionally urges the central authorities to think about a direct money switch to the poorest of the poor.