Chandrababu Naidu has suggested “digital socialisation” — essentially, mobile and online communication — on a mass scale as an effective means to make lockdowns a success during the coronavirus pandemic.
On Tuesday, the Telugu Desam Party chief asked the public to avoid all sorts of touchpoints in public places — such as biometric devices — because of their potential to spread infections.
At a news conference, Chandrababu Naidu asked Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s government to spread awareness about the pandemic.
“This is not a time for the state government to criticise the Opposition, but it should rather focus on the sensitisation of every individual to save them and save their families, and thereby save the community from the impending danger,’’ said the TDP chief.
Chandrababu Naidu stressed the need for governments and organisations to use online digital platforms more effectively in order to render services to different sections of society by eliminating physical contact to the maximum possible extent.
“The government should actively extend such online services to farmers who are suffering corona-inflicted losses in agriculture, horticulture, aqua and poultry sectors,” he suggested.
Pointing out that Rajya Sabha elections had been indefinitely postponed to ensure social distancing, Chandrababu Naidu asked the state government to consult legal and medical experts before conducting assembly sessions during the pandemic.
He warned that any wrong decision during this public health crisis would prove to be a historic blunder.
Chandrababu Naidu also appealed to the Centre to waive taxes on all required sanitary products — especially masks and hand sanitisers — and announce a special package and compensation for rural agricultural labourers under Section 7 of the MG National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA).
He suggested that a cash compensation of 25 per cent should be provided for workers who lose up to 30 days of work, and 50 per cent for those who lose more than 30 days of work under NREGA.