PM Modi Speech On Coronavirus: Janta Curfew, Covid-19 Task Force, And Other Key Highlights
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Modi Calls For Janta Curfew, Announces Covid-19 Economic Task Force
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called for a self-imposed Janta curfew to be observed by Indians on Sunday, March 22.
Modi urged Indians to stay at home from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, in a live broadcast to the nation today. “The citizen curfew will go towards proving our self-restraint and help us in future situations.”
The prime minister also said that a task force will be constituted under the Finance Minister to look ensure all steps are taken to reduce economic difficulties. The task force will make timely interventions for all economic sections of the society, Modi said.
The prime minister also urged Indians to practice social distancing as it is being touted as one of the most effective ways of curbing the spread of the virus. He added that with no cure or vaccine, distancing would be the best way for now.
He also appealed to citizens to come to their doorsteps or balconies at 5 p.m. on Sunday to appreciate the work of those involved in healthcare, sanitation and all other essential services. “Come to your balconies and courtyards and streets and applaud, ring bells, bang on thalis for those who are working day and night.”
Citizens also need not panic and start hoarding groceries and food items, Modi said. The supply of all such items will not be disrupted, he said.
Modi said that the Covid-19 pandemic is a crisis that has impacted the globe in a way even more than the two World Wars. He said there will be an impact of the pandemic on India and it would be foolhardy to think otherwise. The prime minister said that resolve and discipline would be the key to fighting the virus.
“This crisis is so big and global that all Indians need to combat the situation with resolve,” Modi said. “Saving ourselves from Covid-19 needs to be the primary priority in our lives. The human race and Indians need to win this fight.”
Watch the full speech here.
Task Force To Tackle Economic Impact Of Covid-19
PM Modi said that it has been decided to constitute a task force under the finance minister to ensure all steps are taken to reduce economic difficulties.
The task force will make timely interventions for all economic sections of the society, Modi said.
Need To Ensure Hospitals Aren't Overloaded: PM Modi
PM Modi said that citizens should try and not go to hospitals for routine check-ups. Instead, they should just call their doctors over the phone for a consultation. It is important that the healthcare system is not stretched, Modi said.
PM Calls For Self-Imposed Curfew
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a self-imposed ‘Janta’ curfew on Sunday, starting from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
He appealed that people not go out of their houses during the curfew.
Sunday’s citizen curfew will go towards proving our self-restraint, help in future situations, Modi said.
Patience And Discipline Required To Tackle Spread: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that patience and discipline are the two things required to curb the spread of the virus.
Social Distancing Is Key: PM Modi
Modi said that social distancing is absolutely necessary to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
“So I urge all the countrymen that for the next few weeks. Get out of your house only when it is very important,” Modi said.