A file photo of Sonia Gandhi.

Criticizing the Central government of have double standards over helping stranded Indians amid the pandemic situation, Interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi said on Monday that the party is willing to bear the cost for the rail travel of migrant workers and labourers.

Workers and migrant labourers were denied the opportunity to return to their homes due to the Centre’s four-hour notice of the lockdown necessitated due to the coronavirus, said Gandhi calling the Pandemic situation a “tragedy with a massive human cost”.

Besides repeated asking for provision of safe and free rail travel for migrant workers and labourers to their home-towns in this hour of crisis, the Centre gave no response to Congress’ demand, Gandhi said.

She also went on to ask why the migrant workers couldn’t be given the same treatment as received by citizens stranded abroad, who were provided free air travel.

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