New Delhi: At a time when the coronavirus cases in the country have crossed 5,000-mark, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi will interact with presidents of all Pradesh Congress Committees (PCCs), through video conferencing on April 11 to discuss relief work related to COVID-19 crisis. Also Read - ‘Grant Advance Payment of 21 Days Wages to MGNREGA Workers,’ Sonia Gandhi Writes to PM Modi
On Tuesday, the Congress president wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and suggested five measures to save money for the fight against COVID-19. The five measures included suspension of Central Vista beautification project and complete ban on media advertisements by government for two years. Also Read - Nationwide Lockdown Welcome But...: Read Sonia Gandhi's Letter to PM | 10 Points
In her letter, she had also called for putting on hold foreign visits by the President, Vice president and Union ministers as well as chief ministers of states and bureaucrats which she said can save money for the COVID-29 crisis. She also suggested that the government’s expenditure budget can be slashed, other than salaries, pensions and central sector schemes, by 30 per cent. Also Read - ‘Sonia, Rahul Should Have Stopped Scindia From Quitting Party,’ Say Congress Leaders Amid Crisis in MP
The suggestions from the Congress came after PM Modi on Monday called all political party leaders and sought suggestions from them in fighting the coronavirus.
“Austerity measures which can be used to divert much needed funds to the fight against COVID-19 are the need of the hour. In this spirit, I am writing to offer five concrete suggestions. I am certain you will find value in them,” Sonia Gandhi said in her letter to PM Modi.
However, the Congress chief in her letter assured PM Modi of the support of the Congress in the fight against the COVID-19.
“Impose a complete ban on media advertisements — television, print and online — by the Government and Public Sectors Undertakings (PSU’s) for a period of two years. The only exceptions should be advisories for COVID-19 or for issues relating to public health,” she said in the letter.