Former Union Minister P. Chidambaram, one of the first leaders to support the lock down, suggested on Wednesday that states should be consulted before taking any decision to remove the lockdown. He also demanded that the government should provide money to the poor. Chidambaram tweeted, “Amidst being one of the first people to support the lock down, I welcome the central government to consult the states on whether or not the lock down should be ended after April 14”.
He said that the answer to this question cannot be based on personal or regional interests. The answer should be determined by only two numbers. The former Union Minister criticized the Central Government for not devising any strategy on lockdown. “What is missing in the lockdown strategy is not to provide money in the hands of poor people. There are many sections of the poor who have not received even a single rupee from the government,” he said.
Chidambaram said, “With 23 percent unemployment (CMIE) and daily wages / income being discontinued, the government should immediately arrange some measures to provide resources and reimbursement (cash) to the poor.” He said that the wrong and careless attitude of the government has increased the difficulties of the poor. There is a 21-day lockdown in India to stop the spread of corona virus and its duration is till 14 April.