Chandigarh10.04.20-, In wake of providing relief by Central Govt against the pandemic Covid 19, city unit BJP President Arun Sood thanked Prime Minister Narender Modi. Chandigarh Administration received 1376 tons of rations distribution under the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyaan Yojna for providing relief to the beneficiaries of Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Antodaya Yojna. Sood said this consignment is the first one in order to provide three months relief during the course of pandemic. He said staff of the food and civil supplies department will be distributed the relief in a day or so.

A total of 63,457 families are prioritize under BPL while 155 families under Antodaya Yojna are identified under this scheme. This scheme entitles five kgs of wheat, one kg of dal and other form of ration each member of a family per month for the period of three months of crisis.

Arun Sood also thanked Central Govt on the behalf of Direct Benefit Transfer families who were benefited with installments of the months of April and May.

He also thanked local administration for compensating the registered contractual labourers' wages in accordance with Rs 3000 per month while a committee has been constituted under the Chief Engineer Mukesh Anand for initiating the benefits for non registered laborers.

He said local unit of BJP has initiated numerous relief movements against the crisis.

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SUPPORT FOR AILING INDUSTRY

Bharatiya Janata Party, Chandigarh Spokesperson Dr Dharinder Tayal today highlighted the plight of the trade and industry and requested the Union Government to consider a special package to help them tide over the difficult period so that they are not forced to close down or become NPAs. He said that, the nation is facing troubled times and all the people are ready to do what they can for the country. The government too has done everything possible for the poor from arranging DBT, ration, food and even ensuring that they receive full wages. Trade & industry has given its full support and even with complete business closure has paid the wages out of their own pocket. However, they too need support to survive in these difficult times particularly the MSME and Tiny sector.

The Government is requested to urgently consider the following:

1. Waiving of all fixed charges on unutilized services such as Electricity.

2. Voluntary salary cuts for the employees for April salaries. These could be on a slab basis such as 10% for those with salaries upto 15,000, 15% for upto 25,000 so on

3. Salaries paid for lockdown period be compensated to the units. This can be done in the following manner:

i) Average monthly salary for the unit be computed from its last year’s accounts and calculated for the period of lockdown.

ii) GST paying units could get this amount as input 10% of which they can use every month.

iii) Since the IT return for FY 2019-20 is yet to be filed a special waiver be given for those filing trade returns, slab wise depending upon the turnover.

4. The large scale sector can be compensated by allowing them to utilize appropriate part of their 2% CSR towards this expense.

He stressed that there is an urgent need to address this issue in the interest of the MSME and tiny sector of trade and industry.

Dr Dharinder Tayal

Spokesperson

BJP Chandigarh