National

Adopt decentralised approach to tackle Covid-19: Rahul Gandhi to Centre

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on May 08, 2020 Published on May 08, 2020

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi   -  PTI

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi said the country cannot continue without providing support to the people who are suffering as a result of this lockdown. Talking to reporters here on Friday through a video conference, the Wayanad MP said the Centre should adopt a decentralised approach to tackle the Covid-19 menace and requested the Centre to view State governments and district magistrates as partners.

He said the Centre should not centralise the decision making and supported the views of several Chief Ministers that the hotspots must be decided after discussions with the States. "Our Chief Ministers are not getting their due money from the Centre. We have received inputs that BJP Chief Ministers also have the same feeling," he said.

He said the Central government must take steps to increase the demand. "You need to create demand, put money in the system, put money in poor people’s hands, help MSMEs and make sure you’re protecting some of the larger players because these are all interconnected," he added.

He reiterated that direct benefits transfer should be done at the earliest. "Take the idea of Nyay and start putting money directly into the hands of 50 per cent of India’s poor households. It’s not going to cost too much. ₹65,000 crores is what it is going to cost," Gandhi said.

He expressed concern at the plight of migrant workers and said on the issue of transfer of migrants, a conversation between States has to happen and these decisions have to be made with empathy towards migrants, and the Centre has to oversee.

Published on May 08, 2020

A letter from the Editor


Dear Readers,

The coronavirus crisis has changed the world completely in the last few months. All of us have been locked into our homes, economic activity has come to a near standstill. Everyone has been impacted.

Including your favourite business and financial newspaper. Our printing and distribution chains have been severely disrupted across the country, leaving readers without access to newspapers. Newspaper delivery agents have also been unable to service their customers because of multiple restrictions.

In these difficult times, we, at BusinessLine have been working continuously every day so that you are informed about all the developments – whether on the pandemic, on policy responses, or the impact on the world of business and finance. Our team has been working round the clock to keep track of developments so that you – the reader – gets accurate information and actionable insights so that you can protect your jobs, businesses, finances and investments.

We are trying our best to ensure the newspaper reaches your hands every day. We have also ensured that even if your paper is not delivered, you can access BusinessLine in the e-paper format – just as it appears in print. Our website and apps too, are updated every minute, so that you can access the information you want anywhere, anytime.

But all this comes at a heavy cost. As you are aware, the lockdowns have wiped out almost all our entire revenue stream. Sustaining our quality journalism has become extremely challenging. That we have managed so far is thanks to your support. I thank all our subscribers – print and digital – for your support.

I appeal to all or readers to help us navigate these challenging times and help sustain one of the truly independent and credible voices in the world of Indian journalism. Doing so is easy. You can help us enormously simply by subscribing to our digital or e-paper editions. We offer several affordable subscription plans for our website, which includes Portfolio, our investment advisory section that offers rich investment advice from our highly qualified, in-house Research Bureau, the only such team in the Indian newspaper industry.

A little help from you can make a huge difference to the cause of quality journalism!

Support Quality Journalism
  1. Comments will be moderated by The Hindu Business Line editorial team.
  2. Comments that are abusive, personal, incendiary or irrelevant cannot be published.
  3. Please write complete sentences. Do not type comments in all capital letters, or in all lower case letters, or using abbreviated text. (example: u cannot substitute for you, d is not 'the', n is not 'and').
  4. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.
  5. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name, to avoid rejection.
You have read 1 out of 3 free articles for this week. For full access, please subscribe and get unlimited access to all sections.