Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his urgent intervention for the immediate release of the state’s GST arrears and resolution of other pending issues to enable effective management of the current crisis.
A similar letter was also sent to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, with the Chief Minister stressing that “early action on these issues will help in the effective management of coronavirus as also to provide requisite relief to all those who are adversely affected by this crisis.”
“The release of our GST arrears is of paramount importance as we are facing serious financial constraints,” the Chief Minister wrote. He also draws the attention of the Government of India to the pending issues and seeking necessary follow-up action from the Prime Minister and the Home Minister.
The coronavirus crisis presents a challenge of great magnitude, which has ramifications across all strata of people and all sectors of the economy, though the poor will be the worst affected, Captain Amarinder noted, emphasizing the importance of the country fighting the challenged unitedly under Modi’s leadership.
The Chief Minister pointed out that the challenges were naturally more operational in the states, which needed to contain and prevent the spread of the disease at one level, and to work to mitigate the economic hardship and suffering caused by the outbreak of the disease on the other.
“You would appreciate that huge resources are required to fight this disease, especially as the lockdown, in one form or another, may well turn out to be longer than is currently being anticipated,” said the Chief Minister. Adding, he said that he had also spoken to the Union Finance Minister as well as written to her articulating Punjab’s requirements and giving certain suggestions at the national level.