All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary and former Himachal minister Sudhir Sharma on Saturday accused the Centre of misleading people on extent of Covid-19 spread.
Sharma alleged that the Centre is continuously denying that community spread had begun.
“However, the number of cases indicates the contrary. The us government is peddling false hope to the general public, ” Sharma said.
“With around74 and 1,000 cases and around 4,900 deaths in america, it is inconceivable that there is absolutely no community spread,” he was quoted saying, adding that it was easier to prepare for the worst and hope for the very best.
He was quoted saying people were not going to trust the federal government.
If the Union government had blueprint ready for tackling Covid-19 once the lockdown ends, the Congress leader asked.
He was quoted saying according to experts, both from India and abroad, the amount of cases were rapidly increasing and may be anticipated to peak in July, meaning the curve was likely to extend till September.
“And there is the chance of a 2nd wave in the winter months,” he explained.
“As per these experts, at some point in early July (or else earlier) our overall health infrastructure will completely breakdown, which in simple terms mean hospitals in numerous places and cities will exhaust beds to deal with Covid-19 patients,” Sharma said.
Sharma said the 4 lockdowns, which lasted 69 days, neglected to combat the onslaught of the deadly virus.
He warned that no vaccines will be available till early the new year: “If we have been not prepared, we could lose this battle up against the virus,” he explained.
EXTEND MGNERA TO HARVESTING
He demanded that MGNREGA be extended harvesting and other agricultural activities.
This can serve dual purpose-individuals who are out of jobs will receive work along with the farmers who definitely are desperate for labour for harvesting will receive help.
“The Union government should work towards a national program that offers ration to every single citizen with or without a ration card, for about half a year, that is easily achievable given our ample stock of food grains,” Sharma said.
The Centre should prioritise activities which will allow the economy to recuperate. Allow freedom of motion for work including public transport but ban mass religious, social and cultural gatherings for the next few months, he stated.
“We understand that the virus spreads with or without a lockdown. But we cannot fight the Covid-19 virus before eating any breakfast,” he said.