RAHUL GANDHI WRITES TO PM MODI : SUDDEN LOCKDOWN HAS CREATED IMMENSE PANIC
The 1stnewz Staff : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday wrote a letter to PM Narendra Modi, saying the sudden lockdown has created immense panic and confusion in the country.
The Congress leader urged the Prime Minister to consider the potentially devastating impact of coronavirus on the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in a televised address on March 24 imposed a 21-day lockdown of the entire country to check the spread of coronavirus.
In his letter, released by the Congress party hours after the Prime Minister's Mann Ki Baat address, he also offered suggestions to deal with the exodus of migrant workers, informal sector and financial institutions as the Congress leader anticipated a further extension of the lockdown. "The number of poor people in India who are dependent in a daily income is simply too large for us to unilaterally shut down all economic activity," Rahul wrote.
Rahul urged the government to adopt a more "nuanced" and "targeted" approach to tackle the spread of the virus.
"We must immediately strengthen the social safety net and use every public resource we have to support and shelter the working poor," he added.
Rahul appreciated the government's decision to announce a financial package to manage the pandemic, at the same time asserting that "speedy delivery of the package is equally important".
He also stressed on the need to increase the production of ventilators, perform more tests, and the need to set up more large-capacity hospitals.