The poorest need is no deferment of EMIs but dal, rice and cooking oil.
The economic package of Rs 1.7 lakh crore announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman last week amid the Covid-19 outbreak is just 1 per cent of India’s GDP and not enough compared to the packages announced by countries like the US, UK and China, Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot told an interview.
As migrant workers across the country exit the cities and walk back to their villages on foot, Pilot said more than economic packages, what people need is food security.
“What the poorest need is no deferment of EMIs but dal, rice and cooking oil,” Pilot said.
He also said that India could have been better prepared to provide these essentials, considering it has the largest public distribution system in the world, and the capacity and reserves to feed everyone.
Yet, the kind of focus needed on the poorest and the vulnerable is missing from the central government’s package, the Congress leader said.