“First Step In Right Direction”: Rahul Gandhi welcomes financial package announced by Centre

Those at the frontline of the coronavirus battle — including doctors, nurses and support staff — will be given a Rs 50 lakh medical insurance cover.

Written by March 26, 2020 16:09

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi welcomed the financial package announced by the Centre on Thursday, saying it was the “first step in the right direction” in a tweet.

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“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 tweeted, in a marked change from his previous posts targeting the government.

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced a Rs 1,70,000-crore scheme, dubbed the “Prime Minister Gareeb Kalyan scheme. It will “address the concerns of poor, migrant workers and those who need help”, she said, adding that the government would ensure that “no one will go hungry”.

Those at the frontline of the coronavirus battle — including doctors, nurses and support staff — will be given a Rs 50 lakh medical insurance cover.

The government also announced a scheme for 5 kg extra wheat and rice free of cost for the next three months for the poor over and above what they are entitled to under the National Food Security Act. They will also get 1 kg pulses free for the next three months and free cooking gas.

Earlier, Sonia Gandhi had written to the PM: “As president of the Congress, I would like to state that we will support and collaborate fully with every step taking by the union government to ensure the containment of the pandemic.”