Allow shops, industries to open in non-containment zones: Punjab CM to Centre #coronavirusnewstolive - April 27, 2020 19 0 COMMENTS
New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday drew the Centre’s consideration to the crucial wants of the state in the sunshine of the unprecedented disaster and lockdown.
He urged the Union Home Minister to enable opening of small retailers, companies and industries in all areas besides the containment zones, with full compliance of COVID prevention measures.
In a letter despatched to Amit Shah, in response to the Centre’s request for a written submission of points confronted by the state, the Chief Minister has highlighted the pending points that want the pressing consideration of the federal government of India for reference and observe up.
While 9 Chief Ministers had been recognized to communicate on the Prime Minister’s video convention, these of different states, together with Punjab, had been requested to ship a written submission itemizing pending points to the Central authorities for consideration or follow-up motion.
Among the assorted state associated points pending for the Centre’s consideration, Amarinder Singh listed the discharge of state’s GST arrears of Rs 4,386.37 crore, in addition to a income deficit grant to meet the shortfall in income mixed with want for larger expenditure on aid and healthcare to handle and comprise COVID-19.
Other pending points cited by the Chief Minister embody bonus to farmers for staggered buy of wheat, in addition to direct money help to each day industrial and agricultural labour, together with the migrant labour, an official assertion stated.
He additionally reiterated the state’s demand for help to MSMEs and energy era and distribution firms by the use of curiosity subvention, deferment of loans by industrial banks and discount in GST on coal.
These points had been of paramount significance and wanted instant consideration, stated Amarinder Singh, urging the Home Ministry to “respect and guarantee an early motion on these points for additional efficient administration of COVID-19 as additionally to present requisite aid to all those that are adversely affected by this crisisa.
In an in depth itemizing of the problems pending with the federal government of India, the Chief Minister stated a income grant for the subsequent three months, with a flexibility to the states in spending as per native situations, would assist them tide over the acute fiscal disaster confronted due to income shortfall.
He additionally reiterated his suggestion that the 15th Finance Commission ought to overview its report for the present yr because the state of affairs has fully modified due to COVID-19.
The 15th Finance Commission ought to suggest devolution of funds for 5 years starting from April 1,2021, as an alternative of 2020, onwards after factoring in the impression of the pandemic, he added.
Amarinder Singh additionally urged the Centre to announce a particular danger insurance coverage of police personnel and sanitary staff engaged in combat towards COVID.
He sought aid to each day wage labour and industrial labour in the type of provision of Universal Basic Income of Rs 6,000 monthly to industrial and migrant labourers who’ve misplaced their jobs or employment due to the pandemic disaster.