Sonia Gandhi slams BJP for ignoring pain of migrants
Reports of migrants dying in the special trains which have been started to ferry them fueled more anger.
“Unka darr, unki siski, unki peeda desh main sabne suni, par shayad sarkar ne nahi (Everyone saw their pain, heard their cries, but may be the government has still not seen it),” said Sonia Gandhi in a video message to migrants.
Sonia Gandhi was speaking in a video that is a part of Congress' speak up campaign to help raise the voice of poor men in India.
The Congress president urged the Central government to provide every poor family Rs 7,500 for the next six months to tide over the difficulties. She also said they should be given Rs 10,000 immediately.
A free and safe ride must also be provided to the migrants who have been battling the traumatic lockdown situation since past two months.
To make sure migrants returning home have gainful employment, Sonia Gandhi requested the government to hike the working mandays in NREGA to 200.
On Tuesday, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court issued notices to the Centre and states, saying there have been “inadequacies and certain lapses” on their part in dealing with the migrant workers’ situation. The court ordered the Centre and the states to immediately provide transport, food and shelter free of cost to the stranded workers.