Sonia Gandhi Writes to PM to Provide COVID-19 Relief for Construction Workers

COVID-19 Relief Wed, 25 Mar 2020

Sonia Gandhi Writes to PM to Provide COVID-19 Relief for Construction Workers

Congress chief Smt. Sonia Gandhi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to provide a relief plan for the people in the unorganised sector who will suffer the most in the lockdown due to the spread of coronavirus in India.

In her letter to PM Modi, Sonia Gandhi wrote, "Considering the extraordinary situation, I request you to consider advising the state building and other construction welfare boards to roll out emergency wage support for the construction workers who are in distress." 

She added that over the previous year, lakhs of migrant workers in major cities across the country have fled to their hometowns and villages in fear of a devastated economy.

"As the second largest employer in India, over 44 million construction workers are now faced with a precarious future. Many are stranded in cities and are deprived of their livelihoods due to the stringent lock down measures," she wrote further.

The Congress chief has also told all Congress Chief Ministers to take measures to ensure the welfare of those working in the unorganised sector as a majority of them had lost jobs in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mrs. Gandhi wrote the CM’s of  Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Puducherry, all Congress ruled states, "At this juncture it is critical that such workers are given benefit which they are entitled to under various statutory provisions." She further asked them to keep her update about all the work that they are doing.