New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, making five suggestions to add to the ongoing fight against coronavirus. 

In the letter, Gandhi extended the party's support to the Union Cabinet's decision of 30 per cent pay cut from from salaries of Memebers of Parliaments to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

"Austerity measures which can be used to divert much needed funds to the fight against COVID-19 are the need of the hour," she wrote. 

Gandhi suggested five plans in the letter which are as follows: 

1. Imposition of a blanket ban on media advertisements - television, print and online - by the government and PSUs for a period of two years. "The only exceptions should be advisories for COVID-19 or for issues related to public health."

2. Suspension of Rs 20,000 crore Central Vista beautification and construction project 'forthwith'. "At a time like this, such an outlay seems self-indulgent to say the least. I am certain that the Parliament can function comfortably within the existing historical buildings."

3. Order proportionate reduction of 30 per cent in expenditure budget, other than salaries, pensions and central sector schemes. "This 30 per cent (i.e Rs 2.5 lakh crore per year approximately) can then be allocated towards establishing an economic safety net for migrant workers, labourers, MSMEs and those in the unorganised sector."

4. All foreign visits of president, prime minister, Union ministers, chief ministers, state ministers and bureaucrats must be put on hold. 

5. Transfer all money under 'PM Cares' fund to 'Prime Ministers National Relief Fund' for efficiency, transparency, accountability. 

The suggestions came after PM Modi on Sunday reached out to top leaders from across the political spectrum, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, to discuss the situation arising out of the spread of coronavirus.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta