PM Modi’s call for ‘janata curfew’ over coronavirus

RNS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged citizens to follow the concept of  ‘Janta Curfew’ on 22nd March 2020 from 7 A.M. to 9 P.M., wherein no one apart from those involved with essential services is supposed to venture out of the home.

PM said that every Indian should be vigilant in view of the COVID-19 outbreak. In his address to the nation Modi gave nine calls urging everyone to avoid stepping out of homes until it is absolutely essential. He said those over the age of sixty should remain inside their homes for the coming few weeks.

He said that the success of such a people’s movement and the experiences gained from it will prepare us for the challenges ahead. He added that the efforts of the people on Sunday would be a symbol of their restraint and determination to perform duty in the national interest.

Prime Minister Modi said, on that day at 5 P.M. from homes, everybody should express gratitude to those working round the clock to keep the nation healthy by standing in the balconies and at the doors of their houses and clap or ring bells for five minutes as a show of appreciation. Highlighting the stress on the hospitals, the Prime Minister urged everyone to avoid routine check ups during this time and to extend the date of surgeries scheduled, wherever feasible.

Assuring everyone on the economic front, Prime Minister Modi announced formation of COVID-19 Economic Response Task Force under Finance Minister to comprehensively look at ways to boost the economy. He also asked everyone to be compassionate and not to cut the wages of those working in  homes, support staff, drivers and gardeners.

Urging people not to indulge in panic buying, Modi stressed that the country has enough food and ration supplies. He said, government is taking all necessary steps to ensure supply of essential commodities. Lastly, the Prime minister has asked everyone to stay away from rumours.

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