TMC leader Sougata Roy accuses Narendra Modi of failing to provide a roadmap for economic revival despite lockdown extension
TMC leader Sougata Roy said the country was waiting for the Prime Minister to talk about a roadmap and an outlook on how the economy would be revived and how the unorganised and agricultural sectors would be helped
Kolkata: The TMC on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had failed to provide a roadmap for the economy's revival in his address to announce the extension of the lockdown till 3 May.
"The Prime Minister made a mere announcement about the extension of the lockdown. Everybody knew that lockdown would be extended," senior TMC leader and MP Sougata Roy told PTI.
He said the country was waiting for the Prime Minister to talk about a roadmap and an outlook on how the economy would be revived and how the unorganised and agricultural sectors would be helped but he "failed" to do so.
"We thought he would announce some concrete steps to mitigate the woes of poor, migrant labourers and farmers waiting to harvest crops, but nothing of that sort was announced," Roy said.
Modi announced that the lockdown will be extended till 3 May, stressing that it was a necessary move to contain the spread of coronavirus .
The nationwide lockdown that came into effect on 25 March was to expire on 14 April.
The prime minister also inaugurated projects worth around Rs 744 crore and laid the foundation stones of several projects and public works worth about Rs 839 crore
Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Maharashtra and Kerala are among the states where the COVID-19 infection numbers increased in several districts or have not in general dipped like in most other states
His remarks comes at a time when photos of overcrowding in several hill stations have set off alarm bells with experts fearing that reckless behaviour could fuel the spread of COVID-19