Consider wage subsidy for construction workers, Sonia Gandhi urges PM Modi

Consider wage subsidy for construction workers, Sonia Gandhi urges PM Modi

In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi has urged the Centre to provide wage subsidy to migrant workers, who are deprived of their livelihood due to the coronavirus pandemic-induced lockdown.

The letter dated March 23 states that the whole world is grappling with a deadly pandemic at the moment, which has necessitated measures like lockdowns, social distancing and home quarantines to control further spread of the novel coronavirus. While there is no denying the importance of these, it has led to “widespread economic disruption” especially in the informal sector, the letter adds.

Stating that India has more than 44 million construction workers, it states how lakhs of such daily wage labourers are now looking at a “precarious future”. To ease their suffering, the Congress president urged the Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled government at the Centre to consider providing wage subsidies to them.