Jammu and Kashmir Congress President GA Mir on Saturday demanded an ex gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh to the families of COVID-19 victims, alleging that the mismanagement of the pandemic had taken a heavy toll on the population across the country.
Mir has expressed concern over the recent spike in new cases and demanded adequate measures to deal with a possible third wave of the pandemic.
“We are addressing (with Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha) the issue of compensation of Rs 4 lakh to relatives of COVID-19 victims via a memorandum and we are writing to him today,” he told journalists here.
Mir said Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had suggested to the government that compensation of Rs 4 lakh be paid to the families of those who died from COVID-19.
It is the duty and responsibility of government to protect the public. The response of this government was lackluster during the first wave and pathetic when the second wave hit the country, resulting in more loss of life, ”he said.
He said states led by Congress or its allies have declared themselves ready to pay Rs 1 lakh per person, out of the proposed compensation of Rs 4 lakh. “BJP-led states should follow suit and promise the amount to families affected by Covid, as many families have lost their livelihoods due to mismanagement of the situation, ”Mir said.
He alleged that the central government was not revealing the actual number of deaths from COVID-19 in the country.
The recent spike in new cases in different parts of the country requires the government to prepare in advance to deal with a possible third wave, he said. However, he alleged, the government itself violates guidelines and standards and uses them to stifle the voice of the opposition.
According to government guidelines, only 25 people are supposed to meet for any function, but the guidelines apply only to opposition parties and those who make a living running banquet halls. BJP leaders are free to violate (the guidelines) and may assemble any number of people at their rallies and official functions that were visible during the visit of Union ministers (to Jammu and Kashmir) as part of a public awareness program, ”he said.
Asked about the government’s decision to repeal three contentious agricultural laws, he said the BJP waiver had given way under “political heat to save its skin” for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Uttar Pradesh.
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