Congress president Sonia Gandhi in a letter has severely criticised the Centre’s inability to pay for the travel of migrants who are scrambling to get home. Gandhi questioned how a government that could spend Rs 100 crore on one event in Gujarat during the Trump visit and the Railways that donated Rs151 crore to the PM-Cares fund did not have the money to fund the return of migrants home.
Gandhi’s statement came in wake of severe criticism that the Centre has faced over the fact that migrants were charged Rs 700 to Rs 800 for their journey home.
Gandhi announced that the Congress will pay for the travel fare of migrants. “This will be the Indian National Congress’ humble contribution in service of our compatriots and to stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with them,” said Gandhi in the letter.
She called the migrants the backbone of the economy and the ambassadors of the nation’s growth.
Officials were quick to react to the statement stating that the journey had already been subsidized by 85% and the states were to fund the rest but most are reluctant.
Gandhi also questioned why the government did not extend the same courtesy to migrants that it had extended to Indians stranded abroad.