New Delhi: Left-wing parties on Saturday criticized the government, accusing it of wasting time preparing for the COVID pandemic and said if it didn’t keep its promises it would lose its “moral authority to stay in power.”

In a joint statement, leaders of CPI (M), CPI, CPIML, All India Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party said India was facing “the worst humanitarian health crisis since independence” .

“Worse, the scourge of the pandemic continues to intensify. Immediate measures to combat the pandemic, protect people’s lives and livelihoods must be taken by the central government on a war footing,” he said. -he declares.

Listing a series of measures, the left parties demanded that the supply of oxygen to all hospitals and those in need be ensured.

He urged the government to launch a “free universal immunization program” across the country.

“Spend the budget allocation of Rs 35,000 crore, unlock the money collected in PM Cares Fund and stop the construction of Rs 20,000 crore Central Vista, use this money to buy vaccines.

“Invoke compulsory licensing to produce both vaccines and life-saving drugs by all relevant facilities,” the statement said.

Left-wing parties have also urged the government to strictly control the prices of essential drugs and oxygen and to crack down on their hoarding and black market marketing.

The statement also called on the government to transfer 7,500 rupees per month directly to all families in the income tax non-payment bracket and to distribute free food grains to all needy.

The parties also called on the government to immediately guarantee the availability of hospital beds, ventilators and intensive care beds, especially in rural areas where the pandemic is spreading rapidly.

“An entire year has been wasted by this government ignoring any of our suggestions. Instead, the government promoted mass-market events.

“Now India can no longer afford to waste any more time. At a minimum, the government must immediately abide by the above. Otherwise, the central government completely loses its moral authority to continue to remain in power,” the officials said. parts.