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Assam leader of opposition, Debabrata Saikia demanded the chief minister to immediately announce a special financial package to assist the families which have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Nazira constituency legislator said that the details of the funds, collected by the state government in the name of combating the corona pandemic, should be made public.
Saikia also demanded that an ordinance should be promulgated to rein in certain microfinance institutions (MFIs) that are aggravating the economic crisis by luring people into a debt trap by giving loans on simple criteria and then charging compound interest from the debtors.
He added that in November 2019, he had apprised the Governor of Assam of the nefarious activities of some MFIs and had also moved a resolution proposal in the Assam Legislative Assembly recently, seeking steps to regulate activities of MFIs.
He also revealed that on March 30 and July 12 this year he had written to the chief minister and chief secretary of Assam about the economic hardships faced by the common people and suggested several remedial measures, including a grant of Rs 7,500 per month to needy families.
“However, the state government has utterly failed to take any step to alleviate the misery of common folk,” Saikia said.