Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday, 13 April, asked the government to provide 10 kg grains per person to beneficiaries of National Food Security Act till September this year.
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she also demanded that 10 kg grains per person be provided free of cost for 6 months to those who may be facing food insecurity, but are not holding ration cards. These, she added, were primarily migrant labourers who did not have ration cards.
She said lakhs of vulnerable people across the country face chronic food insecurity due to the lockdown.
This is tragic given that India has large buffer stock of food grains precisely for exigencies like the current pandemic, she said.
"The current crisis has pushed many relatively food secure families into food insecurity and poverty," she wrote to the prime minister. "In our fight against the pandemic we must ensure that no one faces hunger," she said.