Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, Rules were followed very strictly during the Lockdown. Now governments, local bodies, citizens, need to show similar alertness. Especially, we need to focus more on containment zones.
Modi said to the nation on Tuesday, We are now entering Unlock-Two in our fight against the corona pandemic. We are also entering the season of increasing cases of cough, cold and fever. I, therefore, request all of you to take special care of yourselves.
He said, considering corona’s death rate, India is comparatively in a better position compared to many countries of the world. Timely imposition of lockdown and other decisions have saved lakhs of lives. But we have also seen that since Unlock-One, there is increasing negligence in personal and social behaviour. But today, when we need to be more careful, increasing negligence is a cause of worry.
He said, Rules were followed very strictly during the Lockdown. Now need to show similar alertness. Especially, we need to focus more on containment zones. Those not following the rules will need to be stopped and cautioned.
Modi given example and told, Prime Minister of a country was fined Rs. 13,000 for not wearing a mask in public place. In India too, the local administration should work with the same enthusiasm. This is a drive to protect the lives of 130 crore countrymen.
He said, nation’s top priority during the lockdown was to ensure that no one remains hungry…… Thus, immediately after the lockdown, the government brought out the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana. Under this scheme, a package worth Rs. 1.75 lakh crore was provided for the poor.
He said, last three months, 20 Crore poor households have received direct benefit transfers worth Rs. 31,000 Crore. During this period, Rs. 18,000 crore have been deposited in bank accounts of over 9 Crore farmers. Simultaneously, Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan was quickly launched for employment of Shramiks in rural areas Government is spending Rs. 50,000 Crore on this.
He said, in our country, there are many activities in agriculture during and after rainy season. Other sectors do not have much activity. July also marks beginning of the festive season. So we have been decided to extend Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana up to Diwali and Chhath Puja, till November-end.
It means, this scheme giving free ration to 80 crore people will continue in July, August, September, October, November. Over 90 thousand crore rupees will be spent on this extension of PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana. If we add expenditure of last three months on this scheme, then it comes to around 1.5 lakh crore rupees.
He said, if the government is able to provide free ration to the needy and poor, then credit for it goes to hard working farmers and honest taxpayers of our country. It is your hard work and dedication, due to which the nation is able to do it.
PM said, While taking all the precautions, we will further expand the “Economic Activities”. We will work ceaselessly for “Atmanirbhar Bharat”. We all will be “vocal for Local”. With this pledge and commitment, the 130 crore people of this country will have to work together and move forward together.
Deepak Sen – Senior Journalist