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Nation Politics 02 Apr 2020 Amid Corona lockdown ...

Amid Corona lockdown, Congress Working Committee meets through video-conferencing

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SREEPARNA CHAKRABARTY
Published Apr 2, 2020, 1:46 pm IST
Updated Apr 2, 2020, 2:18 pm IST
She said the COVID-19 pandemic has already caused untold suffering across the world
Congress president Sonia Gandhi (PTI)
 Congress president Sonia Gandhi (PTI)

New Delhi:  The Congress Working Committee on Thursday for the first time met through video-conferencing with party chief Sonia Gandhi asserting that Covid-19 does not differentiate between political ideology, religion, caste, age or gender and the 21-day lockdown though necessary had been done in an “unplanned” manner by the government.

Significantly, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who had been not attending CWC meetings since quitting as party chief after the Lok Sabha debacle, was also present in today’s meeting.

 

The meeting was attended by state chief ministers of the party and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram as well.

Addressing the leaders, Mrs Gandhi said that the worst sufferers of this pandemic were the poor and disadvantaged.

“The 21-day national lockdown may have been necessary but the unplanned manner in which it was implemented has caused chaos and pain in the lives of millions of migrant workers all over India. It is heart-breaking to see lakhs of people walking for hundreds of kilometres towards their villages without food or shelter.”

Mrs Gandhi urged the Central Government to prepare and publish a Common Minimum  Relief  Programme. “This is vital and will help alleviate several of the concerns that currently afflict all people”.

She said that as far as the Covid-19 virus was concerned, there was no alternative to constant and reliable testing.

“Our doctors, nurses, and health workers need all the support possible. Personal Protection Equipment such as hazmat suits, N-95 masks, etc. must be provided to them on a war footing. Equally important are Ventilators and breathing equipment, isolation beds and designated hospitals to treat Covid-19. The onus lies on Governments to ensure that the spread of infection and casualties are not caused owing to lack of infrastructure or preparedness,” she added.

She also sought special assistance for farmers and medium and small-scale enterprises. “The livelihood of crores of our citizens has been imperilled. Government needs to put in place a comprehensive strategy to manage this crisis,” she said.

The Congress President asked party led governments in states, frontal organisations, leaders and workers to step forward and offer their help to those families who are at extreme risk. “Covid-19 does not differentiate between political ideology, religion, caste, age or gender.  The choices we make today will have a direct impact tomorrow on our family, neighbourhood, community, environment and nation”.

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