Interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi has made a slew of suggestions to the Centre to deal with the pandemic such as reducing the immunisation age to 25 years and providing income support to people.
In her opening remarks, while chairing the meeting of the Congress Working Committee virtually , Gandhi also accused the Centre of giving preferential treatment to some states while maintaining “thundering silence” on requests of states ruled by the Congress and opposition parties.
The Congress has always believed that fighting the COVID-19 pandemic is a national challenge that should be kept above party politics, she asserted.
‘Ive written to PM after meeting with them. Our CMs have spoken to PM & written to the concerned minister from time to time pleading for relief. Some of them were left with only a few days of vaccine, no oxygen or ventilators, said Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi during CWC
“We have extended our hands of cooperation right from February-March, 2020. We cannot, however, lose sight of the fact that the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the country with fury. Despite a year to prepare, we have, regrettably, been caught off guard again,” Gandhi said.
Instead of listening to the constructive suggestions of the opposition, Union ministers are pressed into service to attack leaders of opposition for giving those suggestions, she said.
“This convoluted ‘me versus you’ debate is childish and totally unnecessary,” Gandhi asserted.
Making a host of suggestions to the government, she said the Centre must also reconsider its priority for vaccine candidates by reducing the immunization age to 25 years and above as also all younger persons with at-risk health disorders like asthma, angina, diabetes, kidney and liver diseases and other similar ailments.