Adopt Covid orphans, take responsibility for their education: Cong urges government
The Gujarat Congress said on Monday that the state government should adopt and take responsibility for the education of children who have lost their parents due to Covid-19, in addition to extending the monthly pension to 10,000 rupees and compensation for families who have lost their sole breadwinner in the midst of the pandemic.
At a press conference held at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan in Ahmedabad on Monday, Chief Congressman and former Madhya Pradesh Congressman Deepak Babaria said: “The state government claims that only 4,700 people are dead (from Covid-19), but according to newspaper reports, Right to Information Applications (RTI) and other sources, in the past 71 days, more than 1.32 lakh people have died in Gujarat. Among the Covid deaths, a majority of people were from the middle class or the poorest strata (of society) who could not afford health care, did not have access to beds (d hospital) and medicines for treatment, or lived in remote areas and could not receive treatment. The majority of the dead earned bread for their families… ”
He urged the state government to give Rs 4 lakh in compensation to families who have lost their breadwinners. “The governments of Rajasthan, Punjab and Chhattisgarh, led by Congress, not only provided a pension, but also supported the education of these children orphaned due to Covid. We call on the state government to take responsibility for the education of Covid orphans… ”said the head of Congress. The Delhi government has also announced that it will bear the cost of educating and educating children who have lost both parents to Covid-19.
Recalling the Bhuj earthquake in 2001, Babaria said, a mass movement was led by the people to come to the aid of the needy. A similar campaign, he added, is needed today. Babaria also urged the government of Gujarat to prepare health cards for families who have lost their only income and provide them with a monthly pension of 10,000 rupees each.
The congressman has demanded relief for small businesses, which have been affected by the Covid-induced lockdown. “We see that the lockdown has returned to Gujarat… Small businesses and small vendors have been hit the hardest during this crisis. The government should also provide salaries to small vendors, so that they can support their families, ”Babaria said.
He also targeted the central government saying he had money for the Central Vista project in Delhi and to buy private planes, but “not for people in distress”.