Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, asked Centre to announce direct cash transfer to the poor, daily wagers and small shopkeepers to increase their purchasing power. Gehlot said this on May 13, following the speech by Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, on the same day, detailing on Rs 20 lakh crore relief package that Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced due to COVID crisis.
The CM said, “The government must announce direct cash transfer to poor people and money should also be given to MNREGA labourers so that they have money in their pockets, which will generate demand, increase their purchasing power. This will give a boost to our industries and economy.”
Gehlot further said that the Centre should ensure that banks give loans to micros, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). In a tweet, he said, “The central government has begun announcements regarding the economic package, we will have to wait for complete details and see how these measures are implemented. The need of the hour is to transfer cash to the poor people, labourers, small shopkeepers, daily wagers and destitute.”
Adding on to the MSMEs aspect he said, the Centre has announced the measures but it will have to be seen how these are implemented. “The MSME sector is facing a lot of hardships and banks are reluctant to give loans even with guarantees. Now how would they give loans without guarantees, as the government has announced”, Gehlot asked.