Govt indifferent to plight of migrants, farm labourers, shopkeepers & MSMEs : Sonia


New Delhi (UNI)

Slamming the NDA government at the Centre for its ‘unpreparedness’ in dealing with the threat of Coronavirus infection and ignoring the plight of migrants, farm labourers and the like, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday termed the Rs 20 lakh crore package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘a cruel joke on the country’.

Addressing a meeting of opposition parties, through video conferencing, on the situation arising out of the COVID-19 crisis, Ms Gandhi said the government was uncertain about the criteria for lockdowns and did not have have an exit strategy and also stumbled badly on the testing strategy.

‘The initial optimism of the Prime Minister that the war against the virus would conclude in 21 days has turned out to be misplaced. It seems that the virus is here to stay until a vaccine is found. I am also of the view that the government was uncertain about the criteria for lockdowns, nor does it have an exit strategy. Successive lockdowns have yielded diminishing returns.

The economy has been gravely crippled. Every economist of repute had advised an immediate need for a massive fiscal stimulus. The Prime Minister’s announcement on May 12 of a grand Rs 20 lakh crore package - and the Finance Minister spelling out its details over the next five days, have turned out to be a cruel joke on the country,’ she said in her opening remarks at the meeting.