In the middle of a country-wide lockdown in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Congress leader Shri Rahul Gandhi demanded immediate financial support via direct cash transfers to the poor and daily wagers, stating that any delay in this will cause widespread devastation and chaos.
He also urged the government to act instantly in announcing tax breaks and financial support to industries that are currently struggling to stop massive job losses amidst the coronavirus crisis.
"India is fighting a war against the coronavirus. The question is how can we minimise casualties in this war? I believe our strategy should have 2 components - Tackling Covid-19 and isolate the virus and block its escape routes. Massively expand testing to identify and treat those who are infected," Gandhi said on Twitter.
The Congress leader also demanded that massive emergency field hospitals be created immediately, especially in urban areas, with full ICU capabilities to provide treatment to patients.
On the economic front, he said, "Those who survive on daily wages need immediate help & support through direct cash transfers into their accounts & free rations. Delaying this will cause widespread devastation and chaos".
He further added on twitter, "Many industries are struggling. Act quickly by announcing tax breaks and financial support to prevent massive job losses and reassure business owners that the government will support them through this crisis".