On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi went live on his official social media handles. He addressed the nation on fighting COVID-19 via a video conference at 8 PM. A day before, on Wednesday, he chaired a high-level meeting to review the ongoing efforts to contain Coronavirus.
On the occasion of Navratra, he made nine requests to the citizens. He said that all Indians’ patience and resolve are crucial to combat the pandemic, which has disrupted people’s lives globally. The PM urged them to abide by the directed measures to ensure the containment of the rapidly spreading virus.
Highlighting why pandemic should not be taken lightly, he said there’s need to be alert & proactive to prevent it. He asked people to follow the mantra-
“When we are healthy, the world is healthy.”
Further, PM Modi emphasized the significance of following self-imposed norms like ‘social distancing.’ He urged citizens to patiently follow the norm, need for self-isolation, and move out of the house only if imperative. People should prefer working from home and avoid unnecessary travel.
Also, the PM urged that senior citizens, above 60 years old, should stay indoors for the next few weeks. He highlighted the stress on the hospitals and asked all to avoid routine check-ups and postpone the date of surgeries scheduled, if possible.
Moreover, PM Modi requested citizens to follow the concept of ‘Janta Curfew’ on 22 March 2020 from 7 AM to 9 PM. During this time, nobody except people involved with essential services should go out of their homes. He added that the success of such a people’s movement and the experiences gained through this would help us be ready for the challenges ahead. He also said that our efforts on the day would show our self-restraint & determination to perform duty in the nation’s interest.
Asking the state governments to lead ‘Janta Curfew,’ the PM urged youth organizations & civil societies to spread awareness among people. He urged all to try to inform at least ten other people via phone about this self-imposed curfew.
He said that many brave people are at the forefront of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic like medical staff, police officials, government servants, airline staff, media persons, bus/train/auto operators, and home delivery agents.
Furthermore, the PM asked to pay respect by saluting and acknowledging these brave people’s efforts for their service towards the nation during these tough times. He suggested that on 22 March at 5 PM, they should stand in their balconies or doors of their houses and clap or ring bells for five minutes to show appreciation. He asked all the local governments to indicate the timing by sounding a siren at 5 PM.
Besides, for tackling the economic challenges, he announced creating the ‘COVID-19 Economic Response Task Force’ under the Union Finance Minister. The Task Force would consult stakeholders and seek feedback based on which decisions would be taken to meet the challenges. It would also ensure the implementation of the decisions.
Also, he urged the business community and higher-income groups to take care of the economic needs of people from lower-income groups, from whom they take various services. And he urged them not to cut their salary when they’re unable to offer services because of the inability to come to the workplace. He emphasized the importance of humanity in these times.
He even assured that the citizens that shortage of essential items like food, milk, and medicines would not be there. Also, he requested them to avoid panic buying.
Lastly, he urged everyone to work unitedly and contribute completely to overcome the COVID-19 crisis. He asked them not to fall prey to misinformation. He further added that amid such a global pandemic, it is important to ensure-
“Humanity wins and India wins.”
Watch it here:
“My address to the nation. #IndiaFightsCorona”
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 19, 2020
Ever since the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus, PM Modi is taking steps to create awareness among people & reduce its impact. Recently, he held a video conference with the SAARC nations’ leaders to discuss best practices and announced COVID-19 Emergency Fund. Asking people not to panic and take precautions, he sought tech-based solutions from people in the COVID-19 Solution Challenge.