“I am not very happy about the fact that big businesses are not speaking up. They are not conveying their view, as we should in a free country,” said Rajiv Bajaj.
New Delhi| Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today spoke to Rajiv Bajaj, managing director of Bajaj Auto, as a part of a series of discussions on Coronavirus and subsequent lockdown imposed in India. Bajaj said- “Coronavirus became a sensation because the rich of developed countries are affected by it. People are saying that millions of children die in India due to diseases like TB, Pneumonia and diarrhoea, but Coronavirus directly affected developed countries.”
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Bajaj said that when the rich and famous are affected, it always becomes a headline. At the beginning of Coronavirus pandemic, someone said that 8,000 children die of hunger every day in Africa, but who cares?
Lockdown in India much harder than other countries: Bajaj
Rajiv Bajaj says that the method of lockdown in India was very strict compared to other countries. “I have never heard of any country imposing lockdown like this. My friends all over the world were free to leave their homes. In my discussion with a police officer, it was mentioned that in India no action is taken in 99.9% cases of not wearing helmets, but during the lockdown, people were beaten when they came out without wearing masks to get fresh air.
‘We are lacking in the matter of truth’
“We followed Italy, France, the UK, but they are not the benchmark. The congenital diseases, temperature, population and geographical conditions of those countries are different. Nobody was willing to tell how many people are in danger? Narayana Murthy Ji always says that when in doubt, one should disclose. I think we are lacking in terms of disclosure, logic and truth,” Rajiv Bajaj said.
Unemployment and Relief Package
Rajiv Bajaj also criticized the govt over unemployment figures. He said not only migrants but others have also been displaced. He referred to a report saying 12 crore people in India have lost their jobs.
He also expressed dissatisfaction over the fact that big businesses have not spoken enough about the inadequacies of India’s relief package.
“I am not very happy about the fact that big businesses are not speaking up. They are not conveying their view, as we should in a free country about what we think is amiss and what needs to be done,” he said.
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