Rs 30,000 Crore Welfare Cess Not Spent, Use it For Coronavirus Subsidies: Sonia Gandhi to PM Modi
New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking for economic relief for construction workers in the apprehension of 'a prolonged economic downturn'.
She requested that large-scale subsidies for the construction workers be announced, on the lines of what has been provided by countries like Canada as part of its Covid-19 economic response plan.
The Act also provides for constitution of State Welfare Boards and the constitution of welfare fund,' she said.
She also highlighted that only Rs 19,379 crore of the Rs 49,668 crore cess collected for the welfare boards has been used and suggested now was the time to spend that money for the welfare of the workers.
Former Union Minister and senior party leader P Chindambaram has also asked the Centre to now announce some economic measures to deal with the ongoing healthcare and financial crisis.