The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the nation through his radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ and said that the road ahead in the fight against the coronavirus was a long one. India’s fight against Covid-19 is people-driven and is being powered by the innovative spirit of our citizens. He said that it is important to be more vigilant now as a major chunk of the economy has opened up. He further added that there is no class of people who did not suffer due to Covid-19 outbreak, but poor, labourers have been hit the hardest.
Referring to the attack by locusts in various states of the country, PM Modi said that help will be extended to those affected by the attack.
Speaking about Cyclone Amphan, the Prime Minister said that India stands with Odisha and West Bengal, and that the people of these states have shown remarkable courage.
He further mentioned that on Saturday, ‘Unlock 1’ guidelines have been issed, allowing a phased re-opening of most activities across the country, and restricting the lockdown only to containment zones for a month till June 30. The night curfew was also reduced from 9 pm to 5 am from 7 pm to 7 am till today.
Not only do the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) allow re-opening of malls, hotels, restaurants and places of worship from June 8 in Phase I of unwinding, they also allow unfettered movement of goods and persons between states and within states. States have, however, been given the freedom to prohibit certain activities or put suitable restrictions if they deem it necessary for containment of the Covid outbreak. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will issue standard operating procedures for all these activities which are now being permitted, he added.