Lockdown in India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, addressing the nation for the fourth time in the last 14 days, announced to extend the lockdown in the country till May 3.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the nation for the first time on March 24, announced a ‘lockout’ across the country to prevent the global epidemic of coronavirus.
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown of 21 days, he said that these 21 days would decide the future of 21 years of a person.
The Prime Minister had said that this lockdown would apply to every state, every union territory, every district, village and locality.
During the 21-day lockdown that is being completed today, 14 March, it was also seen that the administration was ready to implement it everywhere.
Part-1 of the 21-day lockdown will be completed today, and Part-2 of the 19-day lockdown will start tomorrow.
After the first address of the Prime Minister given on the lockdown Part-1, there was chaos in the people of the country, but in the second and third address, whatever ‘task’ the Prime Minister asked the people to do, they did it with passion.
Lockdown in India: Know the difference between first and second Lockdown
In a message to his other nation, Prime Minister Modi appealed to the public to play thali or clap from home in honour of the people standing in the frontline against the coronavirus.
After this, it was seen in the video that came from all over the country that people did this work.
In his third address to the nation, Prime Minister Modi appealed to the people of the country to turn off the lights of the house and light a lamp, flashlight, candle or mobile flashlight from the roof or door to arouse a passion and enthusiasm against the coronavirus epidemic.
Most of the people of this country also did this work with passion. It will not be assumed that something will happen in Lockdown-2 as well, but the Prime Minister has said that the people of the country should increase the pride of the person standing in the frontline.
However, after the announcement of the lockdown on 24 March, there were pictures of long queues in front of shops or workers walking out of their homes on foot for the purchase of food items.
In front of Delhi’s Anand Vihar bus base, the crowd of migrant workers shook the country and the world. After this, a round of accusations also started in the governments of Delhi and UP.
There was also severe criticism of the Central Government for all this, why it did not lockdown on a pre-planned basis.
However, in the announcement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to increase the lockdown, he clearly said that it is being decided on the advice of the state governments and health workers.
After the lockdown, two meetings were also held between Prime Minister Modi and the Chief Ministers of the state. Apart from this, Prime Minister Modi had earlier announced that the central and state governments would work together in the fight against Kovid-19.
The central government also announced a separate package of Rs 15,000 crore to be used only for PPE, testing kits, isolation wards, ICUs and ventilators.
At the same time, workers and common people are still stranded in many parts of the country. It is clear that the government has no plan to send those workers home in Lockdown-2, just like Lockdown-1.
However, the state governments have arranged shelter homes for the migrant labourers and the poor, and they are being provided food there.
How is Lockdown Part-2 Different
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation to increase the lockdown was about 26 minutes while for the first time on March 24, the address given to the nation was 29 minutes long.
During the first nation’s address, Prime Minister Modi had said that people should not start shopping by getting upset because during this time there will be no restriction on essential things, but the supply of essential goods will continue as before.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also reiterated in the speech given to increase the lockdown that there is no shortage of food grains and medicines in the country, so there is no need to worry.
Apart from this, as before, there will be no restriction for the purchase of essential goods and medicines.
Will buses or trains run?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not mention buses and trains in both his first and second speeches.
He had said in the first speech that everything in the country would be closed. After this, the railway had cancelled all its trains by 31 March, after which it was increased to 14 April.
The Railway Ministry has made it clear that all types of trains except goods trains have been closed till midnight of May 3.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has also announced to discontinue domestic and international flights till May 3.
At the same time, state governments have stopped all types of interstate services. She is running her ‘city buses’ only for employees engaged in essential services.
Many states including Delhi, Kerala and West Bengal have extended the lockdown till April 30. Therefore, inter-state bus services will not run further in these cities.
Prime Minister Modi appealed to the people to follow discipline, keep an eye on hotspots as new hotspots are not allowed to be built.
After the declaration of the first lockdown, the police was seen in many states.
Prime Minister Modi has said that more tightening will be done for the next one week.
He told that by 20 April, every street, locality of the country would be closely examined how the lockdown is being followed and where there will be no cases of coronavirus, those areas will be given some relaxation.
This exemption will be given conditionally, and if these conditions are broken, then the exemption will be taken away from them. In a way, people have a responsibility to stay within the rules.
The government will announce which areas will be given exemption after which rules and procedures.
However, Prime Minister Modi in his speech made it clear that this decision is being made keeping in mind the poor and labourers and some commercial activities can be done in the areas which will be exempted after April 20.
What exemption to farmers?
During the lockdown that started after March 25, there was chaos among the farmers of the country. They were waiting to harvest the rabi crop standing in the fields. However, within a few days, all the states had given exemption to farmers for agricultural activities.
In his address today, Prime Minister Modi also mentioned the farmers. He said that farmers should continue with the harvesting of Rabi crops and some agricultural activities.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, referring to the Prime Minister’s Poor Welfare Scheme, said that this scheme would continue to help the poor.
It is worth noting that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the special economic package on the second day of the start of Lockdown-1.
Under this, it was announced to give free flour or rice and one kg of pulses to 80 crore poor for the next three months.
In this package of 1.70 lakh crore rupees was also announced for the farmers. Under this, it was said to add 2,000 rupees every month to the farmers’ account.
What else was different in the Lockdown-2 speech?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a speech on Tuesday that the country currently has more than one lakh beds and more than 600 hospitals are working only on the coronavirus.
He appealed to the young scientists to come forward and help in making vaccines against the coronavirus so that the welfare of the world can be done.
However, the government has been criticized for testing people’s coronavirus.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) says that it has the capacity to do 13,000 tests every day, and it can do up to 25,000 tests every day.
However, ICMR says that it wants to do its capacity of 100,000 tests per day for which it needs a test kit which is coming from China in the next few days.
It is the situation of testing in India in the spread of coronavirus that ICMR had said on April 6 that it has been able to examine only 1.01 lakh samples.
Time will tell how fast the test will be in Lockdown Part-2, but Prime Minister Modi has told people to keep patience because they are asking for their support.
He said that he is asking for seven things together-Take special care of the elderly, pay more attention to those who have other diseases.
- Do not skip the Lakshman Rekha of lockdown and social distancing;
- use a homemade mask.
- Increase immunity with the measures suggested by the Ministry of AYUSH.
- Must download Arogya Setu Mobile App.
- Take care of low-income families as much as possible.
- Do not remove those who work in business industry.
- Respect, respect and increase the motive of corona warriors such as health workers, sweepers, police, security forces etc.