Opposition asks Kerala government to set up Covid relief panel | Thiruvananthapuram News

Opposition asks Kerala government to set up Covid relief panel | Thiruvananthapuram News, the vie

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The opposition has demanded setting up of a Covid-19 relief commission on the lines of the agriculture debt relief commission to ease the disease burden on the poor.
Bringing up the subject of the suicide of the twin brothers in Kottayam after they received a bank notice for defaulting on a loan, the opposition accused the government of ignoring the plight of the public during the pandemic, Replying to a leave for an adjournment motion sought by MLA Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, cooperation minister V N Vasavan said the notice was served to the two brothers—Nisar Khan and Naseer Khan—based on the provisions of Securitization and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002, seven months ago.
No further action was taken on it except that the bank manager of the Manipuzha branch of the Kottayam urban cooperative bank visited their residence and spoke to the two brothers, he said.
The brothers had committed suicide last Monday, allegedly after bank officials threatened them of consequences of non-payment of loan.
The minister said the police have registered a case, and an investigation is underway. Further steps needed would be taken based on the probe, he said.
Opposition leader V D Satheesan said the government need not be held responsible for suicides happening in the state under normal circumstances, but in this case, it was the government’s insensitivity during the time of the pandemic that led to the suicide of the brothers.
He said the government has not shown any willingness to hold discussions about thousands of such incidents where recovery notices have been served to the public even during the time of Covid-19.
Satheesan said several financial institutions have been sending goons posing as executives for loan recovery who threaten the defaulters’ family.
Satheesan said “live with Covid” is the present motto around the world, and stopping all other businesses for keeping the pandemic at bay was not the right strategy. The opposition had been targetting the government for some time over its continuing pandemic-induced curbs.
He also hit out at the government over its failure to provide more sops and relief to the public and demanded that the government should immediately set up a pandemic relief commission, similar to the agricultural debt relief commission set up by the LDF government in 1996 after the state witnessed a rise in farmers’ suicides.
The opposition later staged a walk-out from the assembly after speaker M B Rajesh denied permission for an adjournment motion based on the reply from the minister.

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