Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 1
CPI Parliamentary Group leader Binoy Viswam on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allow small parties to express their views in the proposed all-party meeting on the Covid-19 pandemic on December 4.
In a letter to Modi, Viswam, while welcoming the move to convene the meeting, said he has been informed that only parties with more than 10 Members of Parliament will be allowed to speak, while smaller parties will only be “silent participants”.
“It is deeply unfortunate that the voice of millions of Indians who are represented by these MPs will be silenced on such an important issue due to logistical issues,” said Viswam.
However, ahead of the meeting, Viswam suggested measures to deal with the pandemic, which include increasing testing in vulnerable populations and reducing its cost across the country.
He batted for extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana till May next year.
Expanding the scale and scope of MNREGA to provide employment opportunities to those who have lost their source of livelihood due to the pandemic, were part of his suggestions.
Viswam made a case for regulation of the price of Covid-19 Vaccine to ensure it is affordable and accessible to every person in the country.