By Dr Birbal Jha
New Delhi, 14.04.2020 With the Lockdown extended till 3rd of May 2020 as announced by PM Narendra Modi today given the COVID-19, people of the country have no option but to abide by it and stay indoors in the larger interest of the nation we remain proud of. There is no denying that desperate diseases must have desperate remedies.
Staying home is akin to doing almost no work and paralyzing the economy and establishments barring one that is the net-based. Hence, the government should come up with an announcement of the economic package for one and all.
To begin with, an Unemployment Benefit Plan should be evolved and brought into practice immediately. Prices of foodstuff must be fixed and controlled. It must be ensured that nobody dies in the country in want of food.
The availability of personal protection equipment for those working in the health sector and dealing in essential commodities has to be ensured and arranged as they risk their lives for others.
It is good that with all humility and gentleness Prime Minister Modi has acknowledged the sincere cooperation of people in common in adherence to his emotional and most essential appeals given the pandemic coronavirus.
The entire country stands united at this juncture, cutting across political affiliations and inclinations in the hours of a national health emergency. The adage- life is better than gold- is all-time relevant.
Dr Birbal Jha is a noted author and the Managing Director of Lingua Multiservices Pvt Ltd.