New Delhi, March 26 -- Congress leader P Chidambaram on Wednesday called the three-week countrywide lockdown to check the coronavirus disease spread a "watershed moment" in the battle against the pandemic and suggested a 10-point plan to deal with its impact, including putting money in the bank accounts of the poor and marginalised.

Chidambaram, a former Union finance minister, demanded a cut in Goods and Services Tax rates by 5% on all wage goods, essential goods and services, and all goods of mass consumption from April 1 to June 30. He called for doubling the money paid and payable under the PM-KISAN scheme to ~12,000 and transfer of the additional amounts immediately. Under PM-KISAN, ~6,000 is annually paid to farmer families across th...