After victorious Janatha Curfew, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday appealed to state governments to guarantee that rules and regulations of the coronavirus lockdown are implemented as he remarked that many people were not taking the practice seriously.
PM wants people to take the measures seriously
In a tweet, he wrote, “Many people are still not practicing the lockdown seriously. Please help yourself, help your family, follow the rules and regulations seriously. I request state governments to ensure that the directions are followed.”
लॉकडाउन को अभी भी कई लोग गंभीरता से नहीं ले रहे हैं। कृपया करके अपने आप को बचाएं, अपने परिवार को बचाएं, निर्देशों का गंभीरता से पालन करें। राज्य सरकारों से मेरा अनुरोध है कि वो नियमों और कानूनों का पालन करवाएं।
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 23, 2020
Soon after PM’s advice, the Centre and state governments have decided to completely lock down 80 districts across the country where coronavirus cases have been witnessed.
आज का #JantaCurfew भले ही रात 9 बजे खत्म हो जाएगा, लेकिन इसका मतलब यह नहीं है कि हम सेलिब्रेशन शुरू कर दें। इसको सफलता न मानें। यह एक लम्बी लड़ाई की शुरुआत है। आज देशवासियों ने बता दिया कि हम सक्षम हैं, निर्णय कर लें तो बड़ी से बड़ी चुनौती को एक होकर हरा सकते हैं।
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 22, 2020
States under lockdown
Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala announced lockdown in many districts. Amongst them, Delhi will be locked down from 6 am on March 23 till midnight on March 31.
Working on the same, the Union government also announced that all passenger trains, and inter-state bus and Metro rail services of top metropolitan cities would remain suspended till March 31.
On Sunday, millions of Indians stayed at home to witness the 7 am to 9 pm ‘Janta Curfew’ following an appeal by the Prime Minister. At 5 pm, showing unity, they stood outside their homes or in their balconies and clapped and beat bells and utensils to thank the health and other workers who are waging the fight against the virus.