CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on National Lockdown Till 14 April

It is very disappointing that no concrete measures have been announced so far to provide relief to the poor and the needy, and to alleviate the suffering of those who need urgent help at this moment to survive the lockdown.

Gandhiji gave the talisman:”Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him.” This govt has done nothing in the word and the spirit of the talisman.

There are at least 45 crore Indians who survive on daily earnings. Where is any measure to ensure they are able to even eat and live through this period? They will be the fist to succumb to this virus due to lack of nutrition. Is this the level of concern for human life?

No measures to assist the poor migrants most hurt by sudden lockdowns.
Most of them are stranded en route without food or shelter. How will they reach safe spaces? How will they survive without money or food and with reports of police harassment too?

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