Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday chastised Indian for "carelessless" after the onset of the Unlock 1.0 phase that was triggered by the Centre to revive the economy.
"It is true that India is in a good position in comparison to other countries. The timely lockdown and other measures have saved the lived of lakhs. However, when the Unlock 1 came into effect, instances of carelessness have risen in both the personal and social spheres. Earlier we were very alert -- be it in regards to wearing of masks, maintenance of social distancing, and washing of hands several times a day for 20 seconds. However, when we should be even more alert, the increasing carelessness is a cause for great concern
The PM said that it is of utmost importance to maintain strict rules, especially in areas that have been demarcated as Containment Zone. "In regards to the people who are guilty of violations, we have to stop them, scold them, and make them understand", he said.
Citing the example of the Bulgarian Prime Minister who was fined a sum of Rs. 13,000 for not wearing a mask in a public place, Modi said a similar kind of strictness should be adopted by the district administrations in India. "In India, be it the head of a village or the Prime Minister of the country, nobody is above the law", said Mr. Modi.
The PM also announced that under the PM's Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, 20 crore accounts have received 31,000 crores in their Jan Dhan Accounts from the Government's coffers.
Modi also announced that funds have been transferred to 9 crore farmers for the procurement of grains for the Garib Kalyan Yojana. The government has provided free food grains – 5 kilos wheat/rice — to the poor.
Additionally, 80 crore people will be given free food grains till November end under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana. The reason for this, Modi said, is because with the onset of Monsoon, is our country is accompanied by a lot of festivities, which leads to more expenses.
Modi said that preparations are also underway to launch a uniform ration card for the country's citizens. This, Modi said, will benefit the poorer classes – especially those who go to other states seeking employment.
It needs mention here that with 18,522 positive cases reported on Tuesday, India's Covid-19 caseload stands at 5,66,840. The death toll was 16,893, while the number of recovered patients was over 3.34 lakh.