On Saturday, senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that the Centre should reconsider the Rs 20 lakh crore economic stimulus package and instead think about direct cash transfers to people suffering amid the nationwide lockdown due to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
The Congress leader said that migrant workers who are walking home with an empty stomach, the farmers, small businesses and other such people don’t need loans but money.
“Today our poor people need money, I am requesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he should reconsider this package. He should consider direct bank transfer, MGNREGA for 200 days and money to farmers directly, as these people are our future,” the Congress leader said.
“We must support them,” he said while addressing questions from the electronic regional news media.
"I will be taking questions from the electronic regional news media at 12 noon today. You can watch the press conference LIVE right here on Twitter or on my YouTube channel," he said in a tweet.
I will be taking questions from the electronic regional news media at 12 noon today. You can watch the press conference LIVE right here on Twitter or on my YouTube channel: https://t.co/4WBysS69uG— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 16, 2020
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Rahul Gandhi has been holding online interactive sessions with experts and intellectuals including former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan and Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee.
His discussion with Rajan, which was the first in his series was on the state of the economy and how to revive it in the amidst the coronavirus pandemic.