Sitharaman: Govt open to take any measures over COVID

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

In the view of Coronavirus epidemic, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the government is open to taking any measures during this crisis.

Sitharaman during an interview with a media organization said “I am not ruling it out. I have to see how pandemic develops as we go further.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a Rs 20 lakh crore economic package, following which Sitharaman provided the details in five sets of measures in five days.

The finance minister also responded to India Inc’s criticism of the stimulus during the interview.

The FM said “I do understand each has a perspective on what is best and welcome all views. I have done what is best in my view. I have heard all of them and then took the decision.”

Sitharaman even said it was important to be careful with public money during the pandemic.

“I am dealing with public money and every penny of which I am answerable to. I have to be cautious in usage of the money. There will be many things which will come up,” She said.

Sitharaman also said the government had kept in mind lessons learnt from 2008-13. They are trying every bit to ensure the revival of economy.

Also Read: MHA guidelines for Lockdown 4.0: Dos and Don’ts

She also added that the new measures announced could not be labelled as “supply side measures.”

Also Read: ICMR revises its COVID-19 testing strategy

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