NC urges govt to announce relief package immediately

Published On: March 27, 2020 04:40 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, March 27: Main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) has urged the government to launch relief package to address the concerns of people from various walks of life who have been adversely affected by the lockdown enforced by the government to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Issuing a press statement on Thursday, NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba asked the government to come up with a special economic package for those who arrange their bread and butter through their daily wages, employees with low salary scale, other laborers, unemployed youths and students living in rent in major cities including Kathmandu, businessmen and entrepreneurs who have to manage bank instalments on a regular basis and working journalists affiliated to daily, weekly and other newspapers whose publishing houses have already shut down due to the lockdown amid COVID-19 outbreak fears.

Deuba also expressed his serious concerns over not having the availability of Personal Protective Equipment even in a month after the WHO advised the government to get ready against the coronavirus. “I’d like to strongly urge the government to make necessary arrangement of required PPE, test kits, isolation wards, and ventilators at the earliest.”

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