Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 26
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh mentioned on Wednesday the COVID-19 graph within the state would peak by mid September when the state is estimated to see over one lakh instances and almost 3000 deaths.
Speaking on the digital assembly of the opposition chief ministers together with Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtra’s Uddhav Thackeray and Jharkhand’s Hemant Soren referred to as by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, the Punjab chief minister additionally recommended that every one opposition CMs ought to collectively transfer the Supreme Court demanding postponement of JEE Mains, NEET UG and college exams contemplating transmission is rising
Singh additionally knowledgeable the gathering that.
He mentioned 23 Punjab MLAs had examined optimistic forward of meeting session beginning day after.
“This is the situation, how can we hold exams? But UGC is not listening to us,” mentioned Singh.
He knowledgeable the chief ministers that Punjab had arrange a committee to evaluate the final and monetary
impression the brand new National Education Policy 2020 on the state.
“The new Education Policy has been thrust on us but we were not consulted,” he mentioned.
The Punjab chief minister mentioned the Centre was not releasing GST dues making the COVID administration difficult.
“COVID state of affairs is getting worse. We are more likely to attain the height by mid September. Today now we have
44000 instances which is able to rise to 1.10 lakh by Sept 18. As of right now there are 1,178 deaths in Punjab and the prediction is 3000 deaths by mid-September,” Amarinder Singh mentioned.
The Punjab chief minister mentioned state’s funds have been down and the Attorney General is learnt to have opined that the centre needn’t pay GST compensation to the GST Council.
“We be taught the Centre has taken AG’s opinion who says there isn’t any obligation on centre to pay shortfall of GST and the GST council has to seek out methods.
Punjab down income is down by 38 per cent. All tax collections are within the minus and the monetary 12 months will finish with Rs 25,000-crore deficit,” mentioned Singh after Mamata Banerjee, Thackeray and Soren and different chief ministers determined to collectively petition the president and the prime Minister on the depleting funds.
Punjab, Singh mentioned, has spent Rs 500 crore on COVID up to now and has bought Rs 101 crore from the Centre, which has promised RS 30 crore.
Amarinder Singh mentioned the opposition chief ministers ought to collectively see the prime minister and ask him to make sure states are financially compensated.
“ We have given powers of taxation to the PM by way of
GST. But he’s not giving cash. How do states run?” he mentioned, including that Punjab will attain 30,000 COVID exams a day by finish month.
As of right now, there are 499 sufferers on oxygen and 55 on ventilator in Punjab, and this quantity is rising.
Punjab chief minister mentioned the state wanted assets and attacked the centre saying they’ve stopped Rs 720 crore annual post-matric scholarship grant for SC college students.
Singh additionally mentioned he anticipated the COVID state of affairs to worsen with 8000 automobiles transferring into Punjab each day.
“GOI is least interested and transmission is rising,” mentioned Amarinder Singh.
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