In a 30-minute address to the nation, Modi calls on citizens to be prepared to combat challenges posed by the viral outbreak, emphasizes the need for “social distancing” and asks businesses to act with empathy towards workers. PM Modi declared a ‘Janta Curfew’ on March 22 and the timing is fixed between 7 am and 9 pm, comparing it to blackouts during war.

 

PM Modi issued a Covid-19 working party that would draw up measures to fight the economic effects of the epidemic, told employers not to cut the pay of staff and called for a “Janta Curfew” on Sunday. He warned of the outbreak’s “far-reaching” economic impact, highlighting the need to be prepared for the coming days.

Addressing the nation, PM Narendra Modi made an appeal to people across India. He urged all the country men to follow ‘Janta Curfew’ on Sunday, 22nd March, from 7 am to 9 pm.

PM Modi urged people not to move out of their homes on 22nd March. He also urged the state government organization like the NCC and NSS, which are led by youth, civil society and other organizations to actively encourage people to follow ‘Janta curfew’ and stay inside their homes.

PM Modi also urged everyone to call and to inform at least 10 other people every day about the ‘Janta curfew’ as well as the measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

PM Modi also made an exceptional appeal to the people while observing ‘Janta Curfew’.

 

PM Modi said that all the citizens should thank all the medical fraternity, who have been working all day long in and out of hospitals and public places like airports.

PM Modi requested all the citizens to applaud the services extended by the airlines staff, the cleanliness staff, those who deliver food, those who drive railways, bus or auto rickshaws, government officials, policemen and the Media. Terming them as ‘Rashtra Rakshaks’, PM Modi said that the country was indebted to their services. PM Modi urged citizens to stand in their balconies at 5 PM on 22nd March and clap for five minutes to express gratitude to such people.