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Lockdown Updates 2020



Lockdown Updates 2020


Prime Minister Modi said in a video address on Friday, his third address since 19 March on covid-19 that has now killed 66 Indians and infected 2,423.
Lockdown 2020


This is the second such exercise called for by Modi. On 22 March, the prime minister had asked citizens to clap, blow conch or ring bell for 5 minutes to commend the efforts of those fighting the pandemic.


“On the 5th of April, on Sunday, I want 9 minutes from all you, at 9 pm. Listen carefully, on the 5th of April, at 9 pm, turn off all the lights in your homes, stand at your doors or in you balconies, and light candles or diyas, torches or mobile flashlights for 9 minutes," Modi said, adding that “At that time, if you have turned off all the lights of your homes, and each one of us in all directions has lit a diya; we will experience the superpower of light, clearly illuminating the common purpose we are all fighting for. In that light, in that lustre, in that radiance, let us resolve in our minds that we are not alone, that no one is alone."



India has been in a lockdown since 25 March, which will last until the 14 April as of now. Only essential services are allowed to function during the period because of which businesses have shut down and the country has almost ground to a halt.


“Social distancing Lakshman Rekha should never be crossed and should not be broken in any case," Modi said in his video message that lasted for around nine minutes.

“Whether it is people’s curfew, ringing bells, clapping hands or clanging plates;they have all made the nation realize its collective strength in these testing times. It has led to the deepening of the belief that the nation can unite as one in the battle against Corona. This collective spirit of yours, of the nation, can be seen manifesting itself during these times of lockdown," Modi said.


The opposition was quick to criticise the move.

Responding to Modi's video address, senior Congress leader and former finance minister P. Chidambaram said the need of the hour was to announce a generous livelihood support package for the poor.

"Dear @narendramodi, We will listen to you and light diyas on April 5. But, in return, please listen to us and to the wise counsel of epidemiologists and economists," Chidambaram posted on Twitter soon after Modi's Friday address.

“What we expected from you today was FAP II, a generous livelihood support package for the poor, including for those categories of poor who were totally ignored by @nsitharaman on 25-3-2020," he added referring to Financial Assistance Package (FAP).

Congress and ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been embroiled in a war of words over the 21-days lockdown, announced on 24 March, to contain the spread of covid-19. While Congress leaders say the union government needs to do more to handle the economic fallout of the lockdown, BJP has accused it of doing politics over the issue.


While the lockdown has affected all, for migrant workers it has been especially hard as it has taken away their chance at jobs and livelihood. Millions have been trudging to their villages and hometowns as living in urban centres become impossible with no wages and security. The situation is particularly bad in India’s six largest metros—-Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru—-where nearly half of the population comprises migrants.

Chidambaram on Friday at the end of his tweet thread said,“Symbolism is important, but serious thought to ideas and measures is equally important."

The proposed blackout comes in the backdrop of a three-week nationwide lockdown resulting in low electricity demand. Any sudden change in demand pattern impacts grid frequency, which is a critical aspect of power system operations. Global standards require that grid frequency be kept close to 50 hertz (Hz).


While India’s peak electricity demand has come down with commercial and industrial power demand hit as factories shut down, domestic consumption that accounts for around a quarter of India’s power demand has gone up. Of India’s total electricity demand load pattern, industrial and agricultural consumption accounts for 41.16% and 17.69%, respectively. Commercial electricity consumption accounts for 8.24% of demand.

On Friday, day nine of the lockdown, Modi also lauded the efforts and discipline of citizens.

Quoting the ancient text Ramayana Modi said, “There is no greater force in the world than our passion and our spirit. That there is nothing in the world that we cannot achieve on the basis of this strength."

Recognising that disease is not uniformly spreading, the Centre on Thursday sought suggestions from states to formulate an approach to lift the curbs gradually.


Prime Minister Modi, in a video conference with state chief ministers on Thursday, asked them to set up task forces to suggest ways to gradually ease the lockdown for the country, which houses about a fifth of the world' population.

With the announcement of a nationwide lockdown from 25 March to 21 days in the address of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24 March at 8 pm, the country has reached the most important stage of the government's strategy to protect the corona virus. For the first time since independence, such a time has come when curfew-like arrangements have been implemented for 21 days across the country. The Prime Minister himself has said that it should be considered a curfew and stay indoors for three weeks, as the Kovid-19 disease caused by the corona virus infection has pushed the country and the world into an epidemic crisis. However, the lockdown was imposed in a large part of the country from the time of Jan 22 curfew, which includes Delhi, the capital of the country. This social distance is a surefire way to avoid a situation of community transition. Many countries of the world are able to prevent disease by implementing it. Reports of the end of the lockdown in Wuhan, China, the hub of the onset of the disease, were coming on the same day the 21-day lockdown in India was announced. Obviously, it has to be followed by all the citizens of the country because the danger is for everyone and rescue is the biggest cure. Despite having better medical infrastructure, the world's most developed countries are going upstream in the epidemic-infected and death toll list. But it is also true that a lot of money is invested on health facilities in these countries and most of the universal health services are in the government sector. America is definitely a more trusted country in the private sector and there was a situation of working on insurance companies and policy scope and coverage to deal with the crisis. We are quite weak on both these fronts. The government is also openly accepting this matter and that is why the citizens of the country are seeking cooperation in the strategy of preventing this epidemic. No one should have two opinions on this because the extraordinary crisis demands extraordinary measures, which occur only once in centuries. Such a situation has arisen for the first time since the Second World War on a global scale. Therefore, it is the duty of every citizen of the country to contribute to the success of this effort.


But at the same time, we should also keep in mind some ground realities which can help us better avoid any such crisis hidden in the future womb. After recovering from this crisis, the government should first review the country's health facilities policy. The report of the public health policy of the expert group on health facilities in the Planning Commission during the tenure of the UPA government should also be considered. In a country with a developing and weak healthcare infrastructure such as India, the health sector in the public sector needs to be strengthened the most. Also it is necessary to make it universal. The government should also review its resources. We are far behind the standards set on this issue in the first decade of independence. In a country like India, the model of building health facilities in the private sector may not be successful. Expensive private hospitals will have to circumvent policies to model health tourism as these hospitals are far from the reach of most of the country's population. Government sectors are becoming increasingly weak on both fronts and quality. If anyone is confused about this, then one can experience this by going to the two largest government hospitals in the country's capital. Nevertheless, in the time of crisis, this hospital and the government staff there are useful to the citizens and the government also understands the same option. So far, no private hospital chain has offered to go ahead and help themselves in this crisis. However, their owners and doctors are offering plenty of advice and suggestions on TV channels. This crisis is also an opportunity for course correction for our central and state governments as the panacea of ​​health insurance cannot be solved in times of crisis like corona virus in a country like India.


Secondly, the Ministry of Health's lax attitude on this issue can be fatal for the country. If anyone is suspicious, the health minister himself should read the tweets of the last few days. There is a lot of worrying news about the availability of the most important equipment and protective gear for the corona virus disease. Doctors of government hospitals have exposed these flaws themselves. It is also a time to review the working of administrative machinery. The attitude of the Ministry of Commerce regarding the export of medicines and equipment from the country has been irresponsible. Not only this, the way our pharma companies depend on China for the supply of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), steps need to be taken to reduce this and the capacity will have to be created in government companies for this.


Apart from these issues, the big question is the role of society. This epidemic has led to a flood of irresponsible information and social media posts. Here, the responsibility of the media has increased to investigate the facts and give maximum emphasis on reaching the right information to the common citizens of the country. It is also true that it is a difficult period for the media. While media persons are putting themselves at risk for gathering information, they are also facing many hurdles. Social misconceptions are also coming up which are worrying and fatal. For example, while there are incidents of social boycott of infected people in some places, there are difficulties in some places for airline employees and health workers.



The steps taken to deal with this worldwide epidemic and their effects are also widespread. For example, a large number of people are trapped away from their homes. The weakest section of the society is in financially worst crisis. There should be no shortage of everyday items, fruits and vegetables and medicines for the people living in the houses for three weeks, the supply chain should remain uninterrupted and those who take undue advantage of this crisis should be strictly curbed. At the same time, the attitude of the police system to implement the lockdown was humanitarian. For the last three days, there are some disturbing incidents which are creating an adverse image of the police. It is better to take immediate action where there is excess.


After this battle of Corona, we will be exposed to a different world in which many people have lost their businesses and jobs. But if you have life, then life and life can be brought back on track. But the way the government should bring big packages to reduce the huge economic losses caused by this crisis, the central banks are trying to increase the liquidity, we should also move in that direction. As soon as possible, measures for the relief package should be announced so that there can be a sense of hope among the people. People can feel that the government they are supporting in this war by staying in their homes is working for them on a war footing.







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