New Delhi: After the Central government announced a countrywide lockdown for next 21 days, in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday demanded immediate financial support for poor people and daily wagers through direct cash transfers. He also cautioned that any delay in this process will cause disaster and chaos in the country. Also Read - ‘All Should Have Taken COVID-19 Threat Seriously And Better Prepared,’ Says Rahul Gandhi

Apart from this, the Congress leader also urged the Central government to act swiftly in announcing tax breaks and financial support to industries which are struggling in this time of coronavirus lockdown. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Targets Modi Govt Over 'Delay' in Banning Export of Ventilators, Masks

“India is fighting a war against the coronavirus. The question is how can we minimise casualties in this war? I believe our strategy should have 2 components – Tackling Covid-19 and isolate the virus and block its escape routes. Massively expand testing to identify and treat those who are infected,” he said in a series of tweets.

Rahul Gandhi also demanded creation of massive emergency field hospitals, particularly in urban areas with ICU facilities to provide care to patients.

Talking about providing financial assistance to poor people at this time of lockdown, Rahul said that the Central government should help these people with direct cash transfer facility.

“Those who survive on daily wages need immediate help and support through direct cash transfers into their accounts and free rations. Delaying this will cause widespread devastation and chaos,” he said.

He also urged the Central government to immediately announce financial relief measures to Industries which are struggling at this time of lockdown.

“Many industries are struggling. Act quickly by announcing tax breaks and financial support to prevent massive job losses and reassure business owners that the government will support them through this crisis,” he said.