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BSP Chief Mayawati to Visit Saharanpur tomorrow

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May 22, Monday: The Bahujan Samaj Party Chief Mayawati will visit Saharanpur’s Shabirpur village tomorrow to meet Dalits, who were affected in recent caste clash.

BSP coordinator Naresh Gautam told Dainik Jagran , Mayawati along with the party’s General Secretary Satish Mishra and Zone in-charge Munakad Ali will be reaching Shabirpur around  10.am Via Meerut Bypass.

The Saharanpur Police Administration have made elaborate security arrangements in Shabirpur and nearby areas ahead of BSP Supremo Visit.

Mayawati’s visit comes after amid protest staged by Dalits under the aegis of Bhim Army  at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Sunday.

Around thousand of Dalits protested against the state government for mishandling the situation  during  caste clash which took place on May 5 , in which over 30 people were arrested, mostly dalits in connection with stone pelting and torching of vehicles.

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Sonia Gandhi sets up control room on COVID-19

As a countrywide lockdown has been imposed, the state units were advised to ask the state governments to issue passes for party workers for distribution of food and medicine kits.

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New Delhi, March 30 : Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi has set up a control room on COVID-19 and to coordinate with state organisations to step up humanitarian help.

A release from KC Venugopal said “Congress President, Smt Sonia Gandhi has approved the setting up of a a Central Control Room’ at AICC, comprising ,Rajiv Satav, MP , Devendra Yadav, Ex MLA, and Manish Chatrath, Secretary, AICC for the purpose of coordinating all COVID2019, related matters. “

The party said that state committees will update the Central Control Room on a daily basis on the ground situation on the spread of the virus, the medical preparedness of the state governments as also the relief work being undertaken by the party and state agencies.

“The Control Room will function under the overall guidance and supervision of Shri KC Venugopal, General Secretary (Organization), AICC.” said the release.

The setting up of the control room was suggested by state leaders in Delhi on Saturday to coordinate efforts with the states, and “also stressed upon and suggested that Congress President and Ex-President need to interact with the party workers and the general public on a regular basis,” the statement issued by AICC said.

As a countrywide lockdown has been imposed, the state units were advised to ask the state governments to issue passes for party workers for distribution of food and medicine kits.

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Ease process of certification for maximum testing kits: Congress

He also slammed the government over the handling of the migrant labourers in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly and described it as “unfortunate and inhuman”.

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New Delhi, March 31 : Congress on Tuesday said that the India was inching closer to reach to stage three of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and asked the government to ease the process of certification to get maximum number of testing kits without compromising quality.

Addressing media through video conferencing, Congress MP and spokesperson Manish Tewari said, “We are progressing towards phase three and the only way to deal better with it is to conduct as many tests as possible.”

He said, if we take the India’s ratio for coronavirus testing, it is the lowest in the world.

He said, “In India only 32 people are being tested out of 10 lakh people, while in UK it is 921 per 10 lakh people and in US it is 2,600 per 10 lakh people.”

Tewari said that World Health Organisation (WHO) in its advisory has also issued an advisory and they are also emphasising on the need for conducting more tests. “The only antidote to COVID-19 spreading is more testing,” he said.

Pointing out that only four companies have been allowed to manufacture the testing kits, Tewari said, “I want to demand from the government that only four companies have got the permission to manufacture testing kits while 17 companies applied for testing kits but were asked to bring the FDA or EU approval.

“It is not easy to get FDA or EU approval in the current scenario and hence we request the government to come up with a plan to get maximum number of testing kits without compromising quality and make the same available across India,” the Congress leader said.

He also cited the scarcity of the testing kits in India and said that the the state governments do not have much of the testing kits and they have kept the testing kits for emergency time. “And this is a wise strategy to deal with the situation in a targeted way,” he said.

He also slammed the government over the handling of the migrant labourers in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly and described it as “unfortunate and inhuman”.

“What happened in Bareilly yesterday, the way in which they were sprayed with the chemical is a inhuman act and this once again shows that the difference between India and Bharat,” Tewari said.

He said the incident differentiates India which watches Netflix and Bharat where a father walks with his wife and carries his daughter and travel hundred of miles to return home.

“The government should ensure the safe return of the people who are on streets. I had also written to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday on how we can take steps to ensure the safe return of these people,” he said.

The Congress also demanded Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to ensure that the RBI circular regarding EMIs (being deferred for three months) should be issued widely and that interest subvention arrangement should be made for the interest on the deferred EMI payments.

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Cong MLAs in Uttarakhand contribute Rs 15 lakh each

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Dehradun, March 31 (IANS) Eleven Congress MLAs in Uttarakhand have contributed Rs 15 lakh each from their MLA funds to help the needy and buy medical equipment in their respective constituencies to fight coronavirus amid the nationwide lockdown.

Party’s Uttarakhand unit chief Pritam Singh said that Leader of Opposition Indira Hridayesh and Harish Dhami will contribute Rs 20 lakh each.

He said that the Congress had directed its leaders and public representatives down to the block level to help the poor and the needy amid the lockdown.

Party supporters were providing food to the needy, with the situation more acute in the state’s districts in the plains, like Haridwar, Nainital, Dehradun and Udham Singh Nagar.

Congress MLAs were holding fort in their respective segments, he said.

Singh said that since the state government was sending stranded migrants back to Gujarat, those stuck there should also be brought back. He said he had written a letter in this regard to the BJP government in Uttarakhand.

Singh said that his party was playing its role as an effective opposition in the current crisis.

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