Govt should protect poor, livelihood: Rahul

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Highlighting the plight of the daily wagers, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said, here on Thursday, during the crisis the priority of the government should be to protect the livelihood and the poor.

“The daily wage labourers are suffering from starvation during the lockdown. No problem is solved with anger and hatred. In this crisis, the protection of food and livelihood should be the priority of the government,” Gandhi tweeted.

He also attached a news report to the tweet that quoting the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said the number of people facing acute food insecurity could nearly double this year to 265 million due to the economic fallout of Covid-19.

On March 23, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced 21-day nationwide lockdown and extended it by 19 more days till May 3.

On Thursday, according to the Union Health Ministry, the number of Covid-19 cases in India rose to 21,700 with 686 people losing their lives and 4,324 people cured.