GDP rate proves poor needs cash, rations: Left

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on May 30, 2020 Published on May 30, 2020

File photo of CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI General Secretary D Raja   -  PTI

Leaders of five Left parties, including Sitaram Yechury and D Raja, demanded the Centre to provide immediate cash transfers and free rations to the poor.

The parties said the GDP growth rate data for 2019-20, released on Friday, coinciding with the completion of the first year of the Narendra Modi 2.0 Government vindicates what the Left parties have been saying regarding the destruction of country's economy and the imposition of unprecedented burdens on the people.

They said on top of this ruination of people’s lives has come the scourge of the Covid pandemic and the kneejerk response of the government.

"The abrupt and unplanned lockdown with just four hours notice has imposed further inhuman miseries on the vast majority of our people. The plight of the migrants who continue to be tormented, anguished and keep losing lives through hunger, exhaustion and accidents is unbearable. The lockdown has neither strengthened our capacities to combat the pandemic nor has it provided any required relief to the people to survive in these conditions," they said.

They reiterated the demand for cash transfer of Rs. 7500 per month for a period of six months to all families outside the income tax paying bracket. "Free distribution of 10 kg food grains, per individual, per month for a period of six months. Immediately provide free transportation with food and water for the stranded migrant workers to their native places. Ensure a minimum of 200 days employment under MNREGA with enhanced wages. Extend employment guarantee scheme to the urban poor," read the demand list of the Left.

Published on May 30, 2020
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