Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the government must reconsider the Rs 20 lakh crore economic stimulus package. Gandhi said the focus should be on direct cash transfers to people as migrants workers, who are walking home with an empty stomach, farmers and such 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,” Gandhi said at a press conference with the regional news media on Saturday afternoon.
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi had questioned the Centre on its plans post-lockdown on May 17. While the Prime Minister had hinted at continuation of lockdown with some easing of restrictions during his address to the nation, no clarity has emerged on the matter so far.
Gandhi had also held an online interactive session with former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan and Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee as part of his dialogue to discuss the state of the economy and how to revive it in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.