New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Posing a question to the Central government strategy after coronavirus lockdown, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday asked the government about the criteria the government has been using to judge how long the COVID-19-induced-lockdown will continue.

Addressing a meeting with chief ministers of Congress-ruled states, she asked the government, ‘What after May 17?’. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi were part of the meeting.

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"After May 17th, What? and After May 17th, How?...what criteria is GoI (government of India) using to judge how long the lockdown is to continue...," Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala quoted Sonia Gandhi as saying in the video conference with CMs, as reported by news agency PTI.

The Congress chief also thanked the farmers of the country specially of Punjab and Haryana, for ensuring food security in these testing times of coronavirus pandemic by producing bumper wheat crop.

Addressing the same meeting former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also asked questioned that what will happen after the third phase of lockdown. "We need to know, as Soniaji said, what will happen after lockdown 3.0?", he said adding, "Soniaji has already pointed out. CM's need to deliberate and ask as to what is the strategy of the government of India to get the country out of lockdown."

Speaking at the meeting, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said he has set up two committees, one to strategise on how to come out of the lockdown and the other on economic revival. "Concern is people sitting in Delhi are deciding on classification of (COVID-19) zones without knowing what's happening on the ground," he said at the meeting.

Rajasthan Chief minister Ashok Gehlot said, "until extensive stimulus package is given, how will states and the country run? We have lost Rs 10,000 crore revenue." He said states have repeatedly requested the prime minister for a package, but we are yet to hear from the government of India.

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Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said, "States are facing dire economic crisis. They need to be provided immediate assistance." He said Chattisgarh is one state where 80 per cent of Small Industries have restarted and nearly 85,000 workers have returned to work.


(With PTI Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan