New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is holding a series of conversations with Indian and global experts on the COVID-19 crisis and a way forward. Also Read - COVID-19: Reasons Why Mild Coronavirus Symptoms Can Suddenly Turn Severe

In the first conversation with former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, Gandhi asked him ways and means to revive the economy currently in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - India Loses 270 Doctors in Second Wave of Coronavirus; 50 Deaths in 24 Hours

“How much money will be required to help the poor,” Gandhi asked. Also Read - Noida Gets 20 'Auto-Ambulances' Fitted With Oxygen Support to Help COVID Patients | See Pics

To which, the former RBI governor relpied, “We will need Rs 65,000 crore, it is not that much. This is to save the lives of the poor.”

Further, Rajan said it was “all too easy to have a lockdown forever, but that would not be sustainable for the economy.”

Gandhi will also be later having dialogues with health experts on how to deal with the pandemic, besides talking to experts in different fields on the effect of the novel coronavirus, Surjewala said.