The Maharashtra government has demanded a special package from the central government to contain the massive spread of the deadly Coronavirus in the state. Taking to Twitter, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar stated that he has written a letter to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Prakash Javadekar seeking a special Rs 25,000 crore package to tackle the crisis.
तसंच ‘कोरोना’च्या संकटाचा मुकाबला करण्यासाठी २५ हजार कोटींचे विशेष पॅकेज महाराष्ट्राला मंजूर करावं, यासंबंधीचं पत्र अर्थमंत्री @nsitharaman जी तसंच राज्याचे केंद्रातले प्रभारी मंत्री @nitin_gadkari जी, @PrakashJavdekar जी यांना पाठवलं आहे.— Ajit Pawar (@AjitPawarSpeaks) March 30, 2020
In a series of tweets, he further mentioned the hardships faced by the state economically due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the lockdown that has followed. He said, "In the meantime, the state government has not yet received an outstanding balance of Rs 1687 crore. Similarly, it has also not received the aid of Rs 14,967 crore and a total of 16,654 crores. I urge them to give the remaining balance by March 31."
त्यातच केंद्र सरकारकडून केंद्रीय करातील हिश्यापोटी राज्याला मिळणारे १६८७ कोटी तसंच मदतरुपी अनुदानापोटी मिळणारे १४ हजार ९६७ कोटी रुपये अशी एकूण १६ हजार ६५४ कोटींची थकबाकी अद्याप मिळालेली नाही. ही थकबाकी ३१ मार्चपर्यंत राज्याला मिळावी.— Ajit Pawar (@AjitPawarSpeaks) March 30, 2020
He further added, "The Industry, trade, and service sectors have come to a halt after the central government announced a three-weeks national lockdown due to the Coronavirus. The state income had risen sharply in the last month of the financial year, however, due to the Coronavirus and the lockdown, the income has almost stopped this year."
केंद्र सरकारनं देशात तीन आठवड्यांचे लॉकडाऊन जाहीर केल्यामुळे उद्योग,व्यापार,सेवा क्षेत्र ठप्प आहे. आर्थिक वर्षाच्या अखेरच्या महिन्यात राज्याच्या उत्पन्नात मोठी भर पडते परंतु,कोरोना आणि लॉकडाऊनमुळे यंदा उत्पन्न जवळपास थांबले आहे.राज्यासमोर गंभीर आर्थिक परिस्थिती निर्माण झाली आहे.— Ajit Pawar (@AjitPawarSpeaks) March 30, 2020
The Coronavirus cases in the state of Maharashtra are rapidly increasing with over 230 positive cases reported so far. Even before Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the 21-day nationwide lockdown, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had announced a curfew and a lockdown in the state to curb the increasing cases.
As of date, India has reported 1,251 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. Out of all the states, Kerala and Maharashtra have reported the most in the country. Meanwhile, and 32 people have died so far due to the deadly virus. PM Modi has also launched the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund), where citizens can contribute to aide the government's efforts in supporting those affected by this emergency. Further, India has also closed the India-Pakistan border and restricted passenger movement at the border with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Myanmar.