12 CRORE JOBS LOST IN LOCKDOWN : SONIA GANDHI TO PM MODI
The 1stnewz Staff : Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday demanded the centre government to provide monetray help to each family to tide over the job crisis that has emerged due to coronavirus lockdown in the country.
Sonia Gandhi said “Twelve crore jobs have been lost in the first phase of the lockdown. Unemployment is likely to increase further as economic activity remains at a standstill. It is imperative to provide at least Rs 7,500 to each family to tide over this crisis,”
“Migrant laborers are still stranded, jobless and desperate to return home. They have been hit the hardest. They must be provided with food security and a financial safety net in order to survive this period of crisis,” Sonia Gandhi said.
"MSMEs employ close to 11 crore personnel today. They make up for one third of the GDP. If they are to be protected from economic ruin, it is imperative that a special package be announced urgently for their survival," the Congress chief said at the CWC.
Sonia Gandhi also raised the issue of farmers facing serious difficulties due to lockdown. “The issues of weak and unclear procurement policies and disrupted supply chains need to be addressed without delay, facilities must be made available to the farmers for the next round of Kharif crops,” the Congress chief said.