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In Series Of Tweets, P Chidambaram Asks Government To Consult States Before Lifting Lockdown And Ensure Cash Reaches The Poor

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Senior Congress Leader and former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, has suggested that before any decision on lifting of the lockdown is taken, states should be consulted. He also demanded that the government give cash to the poor.

“As among the first to advocate a lockdown, I welcome the Central government consulting the states on whether the lockdown should be lifted after April 14,” said Chidambaram in a tweet.

He said the answer to that question cannot be based on personal or sectoral interests. The answer must be determined solely by two numbers — the absolute increase in positive cases every day and the rate of increase.

“As of today, both numbers point to adopting a cautious and conservative approach,” Chidambaram said.

The former Union minister slammed the Centre for not making any strategy on the lockdown.

“What is sorely missing in the lockdown strategy is putting cash in the hands of poor people. There are several sections of the poor who have not received a single rupee from the government.

 

“With unemployment at 23 per cent (CMIE) and a freeze on daily wages/incomes, the government must immediately find the resources and remonetise (give cash to) the poor.

 

“The miserly and cruelly negligent approach of the government has compounded the hardships of the poor,” tweeted Chidambaram.

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