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Provide direct cash transfer of Rs 7500 per month to the needy: PB CPI(M) tells govt

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New Delhi: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has said that the Covid pandemic continues to surge across the country and immediate steps are required to contain the growing number of deaths and overcome shortages of health facilities.

In a statement issued here, the Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) said: “The Central Government cannot abstain from its responsibility by blaming the people for not following the protocol, or, shifting the blame on to the state governments.”

“The Central government must immediately ban mass congregations of all hues; strictly regulate implementation of protocol in election meetings; organize special trains for free passage of all migrant workers to their homes; release extra resources and all funds collected in the PM Cares to augment health facilities; and intensify mass vaccination on an urgent basis,” reads the statement.

“This situation is also compounding people’s livelihood conditions imposing greater miseries. The government should provide relief to people by immediate direct cash transfers of Rs. 7500 per month and free distribution of food grains to all needy and vastly expand the MNREGA programme. An urban guarantee programme should be started at the earliest,” it said.

“These measures are the least required to be done immediately. The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) calls upon the Prime Minister and the Central government to implement at least these measures on a war footing,” it added.


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