Published On: Thu, Mar 26th, 2020

Sonia writes to PM Modi, supports lockdown, calls for easing supply chain

New Delhi: Interim Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying her party supports the 21-day lockdown to tackle the deadly coronavirus, which has claimed more than 21,000 lives globally.

Centre must consider announcing sector-wise relief package, including tax breaks, interest subvention

In her letter to the PM, the Congress chief said “Congress stands with people of India at this time of national crisis. We extend full support to the 21-day lockdown and extend cooperation to the government.’’ She also sought measures to protect doctors, paramedics and ease supply chain during the period of lockdown.

“Centre must consider announcing sector-wise relief package, including tax breaks, interest subvention, deferment of liability,’’ Sonia Gandhi wrote to PM Modi in her letter.

“I would like to re-emphasise the urgent need to arm our doctors, nurses, and other health workers with personal protection equipment, including N-95 masks and hazardous materials suit (hazmat suits),” wrote Sonia Gandhi, while welcoming the 21-day lockdown.

The Congress leader emphasised that in this harvest season the farmers’ produce should be purchased immediately and all recovery of loans suspended.

In her letter, she pointed out that coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sweeping across the world had caused serious public health concerns, anguish, and apprehensions.

“It has imperiled lives and put at risk the lives and livelihood of millions, particularly, the most vulnerable sections of our society. The entire nation stands as one in solidarity in the fight to halt and defeat the corona pandemic.

Her son and MP Rahul Gandhi had been attacking the Centre over lack of preparations to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

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