Congress leader Rahul Gandhi launched on Saturday the party’s online campaign demanding compensation for the families of those who died of COVID-19 and accused the central government of sleeping on the pain and loss of people.
On its official Twitter handle, the Congress party said the aim of the campaign was to demand that the central government disclose the actual number of Covid deaths in the country, and “properly compensate all families of the victims with Rs 4 lakh".
The Congress said that under the disaster management guidelines, the government is required to compensate the families of COVID-19 victims with Rs 4 lakh. “The Modi government has carefully tried to wriggle its way out of compensating the fair amount and is trying to settle compensation of a meagre amount of Rs 50,000," it alleged.
Several state Congress units and leaders across the country put out videos in support of the online campaign and to press the government for providing compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of the COVID-19 deceased. The party has raised the demand in Parliament too.