It has been more than 45 days of Lockdown and we are nowhere near reaching a plateau, on the contrary we are now witnessing an upward trend. To put it in perspective ; the day the Janta Curfew was announced there were 403 COVID+ cases in India and now that number stands at 53000 and counting.
The economy has crumbled. The last modified lockdown has started opening up the economy but we still have a long way to go. The livelihoods are lost; the lives are being lost because the doctors are too scared to treat patients; millions are on the roads trying to reach their birthplaces.
After the man-made tragedy like that of Demonetisation and GST, the Central Government is still walking in dark alleys of lockdown and Corona to find a foothold.
To see how this government has tried to navigate the first two catastrophes, we need to see how they behaved in them. Below is the no of notifications/ clarifications that the government issued during their implementation:
- Demonetisation – 66 no. of clarifications / notifications issues by the Central Government between the periods 8.11.2016 to 31.12.2016 after its announcement. Source: https://www.news18.com/news/india/all-the-notifications-clarifications-changes-since-note-ban-1329048.html
- GST – 96 no. of clarifications / notifications issues by the Central Government in the Financial Year 2018-19 after it was hastily implemented. Source: https://cleartax.in/s/gst-orders-circulars
This government has had many meetings with the Finance Ministry but yet to announce a stimulus package. Between the clapping, the Lighting of the Lamp and the showering of petals; we are still awaiting an economic relief. In absence of which some of the SME’s, MSME’s and others will shut shop forever. If the government cant work one out, take the help of experts for in difficult times its OK to ask for help.
For some who will question the intent of this article I would like to say:
Yes I am a Congressman and the role of opposition is to ask questions.
Yes my hardships are nowhere near what most of my other countrymen are facing.
Yes I am willing to stand united as one but that doesn’t stop me from questioning an elected government.
As a Citizen of this country questioning an elected Government doesn’t equate with questioning my Country.
In the end request you to Stay Safe, maintain Social/Physical distancing, boost your immunity and Pray to God to give us strength to Passover these troubled times.