Government working to save lives, livelihood: Finance Minister

Last updated on Apr 19, 2021, 03:08 pm
Government working to save lives, livelihood: Finance Minister

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said that she has taken inputs from various industry chambers on concerns of India Inc about the management of the COVID-19 pandemic and the government would continue to work with state governments to save lives and livelihood. She sought feedback from businesses to deal with the impact of the second COVID-19 wave on the country's economy.

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Here is what Finance Minister tweeted

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Economy contracted by 23.9% due to COVID-19 pandemic

It is to be noted that the economy contracted by a whopping 23.9 percent in the first quarter (April-June) of the previous financial year due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Industry chambers

FM had interactions with heads of industry chambers

The Finance Minister had interactions with heads of industry chambers including Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) President Uday Kotak, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry President Uday Shankar, and Associated Chambers of Commerce of India President (Assocham) Vineet Agarwal She also spoke to many business leaders to take their feedback on the situation arising out of surging COVID-19 cases and local containments.

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Here are the business leaders with whom Finance Minister interacted

The business leaders with whom Sitharaman spoke includes Tata Steel managing director TV Narendran, L&T Chairman AM Naik, TCS Managing Director Rajesh Gopinathan, Maruti Suzuki Chairman RC Bhargava, TVS Group Chairman Venu Srinivasan, and Hero Moto Corp Managing Director Pawan Munjal.

Sitharaman's statement

Government would not go for lockdowns in big way: Sitharaman

Last week, the Finance Minister made it clear that the government would not go for lockdowns in a big way and only resort to local containment to break the COVID-19 chain. "Even with the second wave, we are very clear that we are not going in for lockdowns in a big way. We don't want to totally arrest the economy," Sitharaman had said.

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Crisis will be handled with local-level isolations, quarantines: Sitharaman

"The local level isolation of patients or households which have people in quarantines are the methods through which the crisis will be handled, the second wave will be handled. There shall not be a lockdown," Sitharaman had said.

COVID-19 cases

More than 2.7 lakh fresh cases recorded on Sunday

However, despite the government's assurance, the country is witnessing an alarming COVID-19 surge. Daily average COVID-19 cases across the country crossed 1.7 lakh on Sunday. India's total tally of COVID-19 cases crossed 1.50 crore with a record single-day rise of 2,73,810 new coronavirus infections, while the active cases surpassed the 19-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

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