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Stop media ads, transfer PM CARES fund for Covid-19, Sonia Gandhi tells Modi

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, suggesting five ways in which the government can cut down its expenditure and allocate more money to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Gandhi wrote to the prime minister a day after he reached out to her and other Opposition leaders, asking for their suggestions on dealing with the crisis.

In her letter, Gandhi suggested that the government impose a complete ban on media advertisements – across TV, print and online – for two years, except advisories on Covid-19. “The government currently spends Rs 1,250 crore per year [not including an equal or greater amount spent by PSUs and government companies,” Gandhi wrote in her letter. “This will free up a substantial amount to alleviate the social and economic impact of Covid-19.”

She said that donations made to the PM CARES fund should be transferred to the ‘Prime Ministers National Relief Fund’ to ensure efficiency, transparency and accountability. “It seems like a waste of effort and resources to have and create two separate entities for the distribution of funds,”…

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