Published on : Monday, March 23, 2020
India observed ‘Janata Curfew’ yesterday after the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi appealed to the people to stay indoors voluntarily as a way to curb coronavirus spread. On 19th March, in his speech to the nation, the PM requested the commoners to keep away from stepping out of their homes.
The Prime Minister explained that the measures we will be taking now will help in future. Restraint and determination of the people will beat the epidemic.
Mr. Modi has requested every citizen to express gratitude towards the medical professionals like doctors, nurses, hospital staff, sanitation workers, airlines employees, government staff, police personnel, media people, people associated with train-bus-auto rickshaw services along with the home delivery agents.
Mr. Prime Minister has pleaded the migrants to remain where they are and not undertake train and bus journeys to their home. He has advised people against any sort of travel, emphasizing that this would mean that they are simply playing with their own health and also putting their families at risk.
The appeal of the Indian PM on Twitter came in the middle of reports of migrants leaving for their homes from big cities, which has several reported cases of coronavirus.
Yesterday, public transport remained suspended and all markets and shops were closed except the ones dealing with essential items in wake of Janta curfew. This move was a self-regulated drive which came into force at 7AM in the morning and continued till 9 PM.
From various states in India, reports of Janta Cufew are pouring in. In Uttar Pradesh, the self imposed lock down was seen quite successful. Majority of the people remained inside and the road and streets had an empty look.
In Maharshtra, following the appeal of the Prime Minister, people in Nagpur observed the self imposed curfew from 7 AM onwards. Streets and market places in Nagpur remained closed. Also, the vehicular movement on the streets was quite minuscule because of the outbreak of Covid-19. The city has registered 4 positive cases till date.
If we look at Kolkata, most of the shops and establishments remained closed yesterday. Public vehicles were off the road even though the train services under Metro Railways did their rounds after half an hour gap. Long distance trains services have been cancelled.