Sonia Gandhi writes to PM saying all loans, EMI repayment be deferred
Congress president Sonia Gandhi today wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi supporting the 21-day national lockdown as a "welcome step" while suggesting economic and health measures in the fight against coronavirus.
"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," Sonia Gandhi wrote in the four-page letter.
"At this challenging and uncertain time, it is imperative for each one of us to rise above partisan interests and honour one's duty towards our country and indeed, towards humanity."
The Congress party, she said, extended to the government "our full support and cooperation".
The Congress chief suggested that the centre consider deferring all EMIs for 6 months and waive interests charged by banks for this period.
She also said the government should "immediately put in place broad-based social protection measures including direct cash transfers" to daily wagers, MNREGA workers, factor workers, construction workers, farmers and others in the unorganized sector