NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging immediate help for migrant workers walking home, saying the purpose of lockdown should not be defeated by letting the poor bear its cost. She said transport should be made available to take the migrants home and district collectors should be made responsible for those who cannot afford to rent a guest house.
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The party urged immediate government focus on migrant workers forced to trudge long distances to their home towns and poor who are going without daily needs during the lockdown.
Posting a video of a crying child saying he and his family were hungry for four days while police was shown caning away people trying to bring them food, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “The lockdown will devastate our poor & weak. It will deliver a heavy blow to the India we love. India isn’t black & white. Our decisions have to be carefully thought through. A more nuanced & compassionate approach is required to deal with this crisis. It’s still not too late.”
AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra asked the government to help migrant labourers reach home in UP and Bihar, underlining that Indians stuck abroad were brought back by sending special flights earlier.
“It is saddening to see that thousands of people are forced to migrate on foot towards UP and Bihar. They are Indians, our people, they do hard labour, they are poor. Is it not our responsibility to help them? When so many people were stranded abroad, we sent special planes to bring them back and unite them with their families. Every person desires to be at home with his family during a crisis. These poor have the same wish. They are labourers who work honestly in Delhi. All political parties should join hands to help them. Uttar Pradesh Congress has formed a task force to help them out but without the government help, they would not be able to reach home. I urge the government to help them,” she said in a video statement.
दिल्ली के बॉर्डर पर त्रासद स्थिति पैदा हो चुकी है। हजारों की संख्या में लोग पैदल अपने घरों की तरफ निकल पड़े हैं। को… https://t.co/gAiEVeS0AV
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) 1585319599000