coronavirus update indiaas on : 25 October 2020 06:29 GMT+5:30
Centre's "Italy" Dig to Sonia Gandhi's Congress To Pay Migrants' Fare
The centre, Sonia Gandhi said, barely gave a four-hour notice of the lockdown, so workers and migrant labourers were denied the opportunity to return to their homes.
Sonia Gandhi Lembaste Centre, Says Congress Will Pay Migrants' Train Fare
New Delhi: Sonia Gandhi denounced the government for not giving migrants stuck by the COVID-19 lockdown a free train ride home notwithstanding "100 crores" being spent on an event in Gujarat during the Trump visit and Rs 151 crore contributed by the railways to the PM-Cares fund.
Calling it "painful", the Congress president announced in a statement that her party would pay the train fare for migrants, the "backbone of our economy" and "the representatives of our nation's growth".
Sonia Gandhi wrote in her statement this morning, "When our Government can recognise its responsibility by arranging free air travel for our citizens stranded abroad when the government can spend nearly Rs. 100 crores on transport and food etc. for just one public programme in Gujarat, when the Rail Ministry has the largesse to donate Rs. 151 Crores to the PM's Corona fund, then why can't these essential members of our nation's fabric be given a fraction of the same courtesy, especially free rail travel, at this hour of acute distress."
कांग्रेस अध्यक्षा, श्रीमती सोनिया गांधी का बयान— Congress (@INCIndia) May 4, 2020
भारतीय राष्ट्रीय कांग्रेस ने यह निर्णय लिया है कि प्रदेश कांग्रेस कमेटी की हर इकाई हर जरूरतमंद श्रमिक व कामगार के घर लौटने की रेल यात्रा का टिकट खर्च वहन करेगी व इस बारे जरूरी कदम उठाएगी। pic.twitter.com/DWo3VZtns0
The centre, she said, barely gave a four-hour notice of the lockdown, so workers and migrant labourers were denied the opportunity to return to their homes.
With the government calling, Sonia Gandhi's announcement today that the Congress would pay the train fare for migrants heading home amid the lockdown set up a huge political row, a pointless move that would "mess up the entire system and create chaos".
"We don't want our villages becoming Italy", a detailed rebuttal from top sources came with the comment.