New Delhi: Three day into the nationwide lockdown that has adversely affected the poor and the migrant workers across the country leaving them without any income, food as well as shelter, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that “more nuanced and compassionate” approach is required to deal with the current crisis or India will suffer. “It’s still not too late,” Gandhi asserted. Also Read - 'First Step in Right Direction': Rahul Gandhi Hails Centre's Financial Assistance Package to Poor Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
“The lockdown will devastate our poor & weak. It will deliver a heavy blow to the India we love. India isn’t black & white. Our decisions have to be carefully thought through. A more nuanced & compassionate approach is required to deal with this crisis. It’s still not too late,” Gandhi said in a tweet. Also Read - ‘All Should Have Taken COVID-19 Threat Seriously And Better Prepared,’ Says Rahul Gandhi
Earlier in the day, Gandhi wrote a letter to Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and asked for safety of students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya who are currently staying in Navodaya Nainital in a student exchange programme. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Targets Modi Govt Over 'Delay' in Banning Export of Ventilators, Masks
“In light of the national lockdown, a significant number of students staying in hostels and other residential facilities of schools and institutions of higher education have been unable to go home. I have received several requests from parents to ensure the well-being of their children staying in residential facilities,” wrote Rahul.
On Thursday, after the Centre announced its relief packages to help the people bearing the brunt of a 21-day lockdown amid the Coronavirus outbreak, the Congress leader called it the “first step in the right direction”.
“The government announcement today of a financial assistance package, is the first step in the right direction. India owes a debt to its farmers, daily wage earners, labourers, women and the elderly who are bearing the brunt of the ongoing lockdown,” the Congress MP had tweeted.