New Delhi: Amid a nationwide lockdown over coronavirus outbreak, top Congress leaders met on Thursday to discuss the issue at a meeting of the party’s working committee and demanded that the Central government should constitute an Economic Task Force comprising of world-renowned economists and prepare immediate action plan for next one week. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh: Coronavirus Suspect Commits Suicide by Jumping Off Building in Shamli
Addressing a press conference soon after the CWC meeting, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal said that the Central government should also prepare a medium-term action plan for three months to revive the economy of the country. Also Read - It's Not 2 Metres! Coronavirus Can Travel Up to 8 Metres & Stay in Air For Hours, Says MIT Researcher
“The Congress Working Committee (CWC) demands that the government constitute an Economic Task Force comprising of world-renowned economists and prepare immediate action plan for next one week and medium-term action plan for three months to revive the economy,” Venugopal said. Also Read - Congress's Throwback Thursday: When Rakesh Sharma Told Indira Gandhi India Looks 'Saare Jahan se Achcha'
In the CWC meeting, top Congress leaders slammed the Centre for unplanned implementation of the lockdown.
Apart from Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and other senior leaders slammed the Centre for the crisis in the country.
In the meeting, Sonia Gandhi said the country is in the midst of an unprecedented health and humanitarian crisis that has caused untold suffering across the world but also reaffirmed the bonds of brotherhood that unite humanity.
“The magnitude of the challenge before us is daunting but our resolve to overcome it must be greater,” Sonia said.
During the CWC meeting, former prime minister Manmohan Singh said the Congress Party stands as one with the nation to take on the challenge of the pandemic.
Besides, Rahul Gandhi also criticised the Centre for its alleged lack of assistance to the poor especially migrant workers. “India needs to prepare for the economic devastation,” he said.
“No country in the world has attempted a lockdown with huge migrant labour without arranging for their stay, food and ration and pushing them back home,” party chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.
Former finance minister P Chidambaram said the government had not understood the enormity of the crisis completely. “Congress should engage the government constantly, support it but point out the shortcomings,” he noted.