Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the government’s reply in the Lok Sabha on Monday about the data of migrants' deaths and job losses during coronavirus lockdown.
Rahul Gandhi, who left New Delhi on Saturday for a health check-up of his mother Sonia Gandhi, took to Twitter and said did no migrant workers die during the Covid-19 induced lockdown phase if the Centre does not have any record of the same.
Rahul Gandhi wrote on Twitter on Tuesday: “The Modi government does not know how many migrant workers died and how many jobs were lost during lockdown. If you didn't counted no one died?”
“The sad part is that it had no effect on the government, the world saw their deaths, it's only the Modi government which didn't get the news," the Congress leader tweeted in Hindi.
The Wayanad MP’s attack on the Centre came a day after the government, in a written reply by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, said it has "no such data available" on the number of migrant deaths or the job losses.
When asked if the government failed to assess problems faced by migrant laborers during the lockdown, it said, "India, as a nation, has responded through the central government, state governments, local bodies, self-help groups, resident welfare associations, medical health professionals, sanitation workers as well as a large number of genuine and bonafide nongovernmental organizations in the nation's fight against the unprecedented human crisis due to the outbreak of Covid-19 and country-wide lockdown."