NEW DELHI — At a meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with all political parties’ floor leaders in Parliament, here on Wednesday, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar raised the issue of Tablighi Jamaat.
This was stated by Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad while addressing the media after the meeting where the leaders suggested that a multi-party working group should be set up.
Rasing the the issue of Tablighi Jamaat, Pawar said the Covid-19 crisis should not be communalised. According to Azad, Pawar said “they erred. But the matter should be laid to rest. We should work together to contain coronavirus.”
However, the Prime Minister didn’t say anything on the issue, Ghulam, leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said.
Raising the issue of testing and equipping the frontline health workers with the personal protective equipment (PPE), the Congress leader advised the Prime Minister to take into consideration letters written by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
Azad said proper attention be paid to around 45 crore labourers in the country and added, MNREGA should have been used for harvesting of rabi crop to help farmers as well as workers benefit from the government schemes.
The Congress leader also advocated raising credit limit for farmers and waiver of farm loans.
Meanwhile, the government is exploring ways to keep farmers and farming activities, like harvesting of ready crops and procurement of grain, outside the lockdown purview, amid the demands for extension of the shutdown.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar is expected to discuss during the day the issue with farm ministers of states through video link.