Congress leader Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday slammed the Central government over the surge in COVID-19 deaths, saying that the government's inaction is killing innocent people.

The Congress leader said the only way to stop the spread of coronavirus now is a full lockdown with the protection of minimum income guarantee scheme, NYAY, for the vulnerable sections.

Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi said: "GOI doesn't get it. The only way to stop the spread of Corona now is a full lockdown- with the protection of NYAY for the vulnerable sections. GOI's inaction is killing many innocent people."

Rahul Gandhi has been pushing for the implementation of the party's proposed Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) providing minimum income guarantee to vulnerable sections.

The Congress has been critical of the government's response to the COVID-19 crisis. The party has been asserting that the central and state governments' move to control the situation by resorting to partial curfews, travel restrictions, closure and lockdowns will again be restricting economic activity that will hit the poor and, therefore, it was imperative to provide monthly income support.

Last month, in his address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the state governments to use lockdowns only as the last option and focus only on creating micro-containment zones.

Meanwhile, India registered a slight dip in COVID-19 cases as it registered 3,57,229 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday.

With this, the cumulative count of the cases has gone up to 2,02,82,833. As many as 3,449 people succumbed to the disease in the country in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative death toll to 2,22,408. Currently, there are 34,47,133 active cases of COVID-19 in the country, as per the government data.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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