Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s relief measures for the poor are welcome but should have come two days earlier – with PM Modi’s 21-day coronavirus lockdown announcement. It would have prevented the widespread panic and exodus of migrant workers. The government must now ensure speedy implementation and last mile delivery without corruption.
Modi govt relief package in, now migrant workers must be stopped from returning to villages
The sight of migrant workers trudging for days to reach their villages amid the coronavirus pandemic is tragic, alarming. Now that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced a relief package for the poor, states and the Centre must immediately intervene to give them money and ensure they stop walking home.
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