Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggesting 5 measures to conserve money during the fight against coronavirus. These measures include a complete ban on media advertisements by the government and PSUs for a period of two years and suspending the Central Vista beautification project.
The suggestions from Congress President came after PM Narendra Modi reached out to several opposition leaders, including Gandhi, on Monday. In a letter to the prime minister, Sonia Gandhi also called for ordering the proportionate reduction of 30 percent in expenditure budget (other than the salaries, pensions and central sector schemes) for the government of India.
Meanwhile, Sonia Gandhi suggested that all the foreign visits of the President, Prime Minister, Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, State Ministers, and bureaucrats must be put on hold in a similar fashion.
Likewise, she called for transferring all the money under the ‘PM CARES’ fund to the ‘Prime Ministers National Relief Fund’ to ensure efficiency, transparency, accountability, and audit in the manner in which these funds are allocated and spent.
Sonia Gandhi, in her letter to PM, also stressed on the suspension of the Rs 20,000 crore Central Vista beautification and construction project forthwith. She said that she is certain that the Parliament can function comfortably within existing historical buildings.