Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi said the country was crying seeing the plight of the poor migrant labourers who are travelling hundreds and sometimes thousands of kilometres on foot to their native places on empty stomach and no money on account of the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Pointing the condition of these people, the Congress leader urged the prime minister, Narendra Modi, to deposit at least ₹7,500 in their accounts.
Just before the prime minister address to the nation, on Tuesday, Gandhi posted a video message on Twitter and along with it wrote in Hindi: “Prime Minister ji, I request you to announce measures for the safe return of lakhs of worker brothers and sisters, who are walking on the roads to their homes. Also, to support them in this difficult time, please ensure direct transfer of at least Rs 7,500 to their accounts.”
Gandhi in the video message said, “Today, Mother India is crying because crores of its children are walking on the roads thirsty and hungry. I urge the government to ensure their safe return home, put money in their bank accounts and to ensure their livelihood, give an early package to the small and medium industries.”
प्रधानमंत्री जी से मेरा आग्रह है कि आज रात के सम्बोधन में सडकों पर चलते हमारे लाखों श्रमिक भाइयों-बहनों को उनके घरों तक सुरक्षित पहुंचाने की घोषणा करें। इसके साथ ही इस संकट के समय में सहारा देने के लिए उन सभी के खातों में कम से कम 7500 रु का सीधा हस्तांतरण दें। pic.twitter.com/ot0T4jAyTR— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 12, 2020