Lawmakers call on Moon to give more financial aid to people suffering from coronavirus crisis
SEOUL, June 03 (Yonhap) – President Moon Jae-in was faced this Thursday with a direct call from a group of lawmakers to be more aggressive in allocating more of the budget to help people suffering from the long COVID-19 crisis.
He had a 90-minute meeting with 68 deputies from the first term of the ruling Democratic Party (DP) in Cheong Wa Dae.
Many participants stressed the need for the finance ministry to take a more expansionary approach to budget spending, according to Representative Ko Young-in, who heads the party’s “recruit club”.
The DP is pushing for the “one-size-fits-all” supply of another round of “disaster relief money” to all households in South Korea. But the finance ministry is openly opposed to this suggestion, citing budgetary constraints.
The party and the ministry also have divergent views on the extent of the proposed budget use to compensate the self-employed and small business owners for their losses incurred due to strict restrictions on social distancing.
Representative Lee Tah-ney also recalled Moon’s statement that “Now is the time for a war-like budget operation to be needed.”
Lee added, “However, the tax authorities are not following the president’s message.”
The president replied that his administration would do everything to overcome the crisis, turn around the economy and pave the way for it to take off until the end of his term.
Moon stressed that it is important for the ruling liberal bloc to be “united internally” to gain public support and achieve its political goals, Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Park Kyung-mee said at the meeting. ‘a separate press briefing.
He expressed optimism that South Korea would be able to achieve herd immunity earlier than the original November target as vaccinations accelerate.
Moon stressed that the country’s economy is recovering quickly from the impact of the pandemic and that the United States even views it as the best partner in global supply chains for high-tech industries.
One such feat, which was not accomplished overnight, hinges on the government’s campaign to foster innovative growth, especially in the three sectors of the future automobile, system semiconductor and bio-technology. health, added the president.
Regarding the politically controversial campaign to reform the prosecution service, he said it was not yet over.
“With the direction set, however, it will finally be over,” he added.