CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN NECESSARY BUT UNPLANNED : SONIA GANDHI IN CWC MEET
The 1stnewz Staff : The Congress has said the 21-day may have been necessary to control the spread of novel coronavirus but the unplanned manner in which the Centre implemented it has led to chaos and pain among migrant workers.
The CWC, the highest decision-making body of the Congress met through video conference on Thursday to review the government's response to the crisis. Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi said the unplanned lockdown has resulted in harassment of lakhs of migrants across the country. The 21-day lockdown was necessary but implemented in an unplanned manner. This unplanned lockdown has caused harassment of lakhs of migrant workers, Sonia Gandhi said.
"To fight COVID-19 virus, there is no alternative to constant and reliable testing. Our doctors, nurses, and health workers need all the support. Personal Protection Equipment such as hazmat suits, N-95 masks must be provided to them on a war footing," said Sonia Gandhi in a statement.
"We meet today in the midst of unprecedented health and humanitarian crisis. The magnitude of the challenge before us is daunting but our resolve to overcome it must be greater," she said.
During the CWC meeting, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh said the Congress party stands "one with the nation" to take on the challenges of COVID-19.
Senior Congress leaders AK Antony, Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi, and Punjab Chief Minister Captian Amrinder Singh also addressed the CWC.
Singh informed the CWC about the preparations and steps taken to fight COVID-19 in Punjab including food, medication and preventive steps. He also praised the efforts of organisations and Punjab Police.
He pointed out the non-release of the state's share of Rs 5,000 crore by the Centre as a hindrance in the fight against coronavirus menace. He informed the issue has been taken it up with the Finance Minister.
Meanwhile, Rahul stressed that all state governments need to issue a special advisory for those who are more at risk of contracting the virus due to health issues.
"Coronavirus particularly attacks aged persons, people with lung disease, diabetics, persons with heart disease, making them most vulnerable. All state governments need to issue a special advisory for these categories and take care," the Gandhi scion said.