TN people support Modi’s ‘Janata curfew’ call

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a people’s curfew on Sunday in a drastic step by his administration to prevent curb of coronavirus, people of Tamil Nadu have offered their support to him.

Ever since his announcement last night, there are thousands of posts on social media from people of Tamil Nadu, offering their support to him in the war against covid-19.

“March 22 will be a symbol of our effort, of our self-restraint, and our resolve to fulfil our duty in service of the nation. The success of a people’s curfew on 22 March, and the experience gained from it, will also prepare us for our upcoming challenges,” Modi said in his address. “I urge all state governments to take leadership in ensuring compliance of this people’s curfew.”

“This people’s curfew will in a way be a litmus test for us, for our nation. This is also the time to see and test how prepared India is for fighting off a Corona-like global pandemic,” Modi said.

“During this curfew, we shall neither leave our homes, nor get onto the streets or roam about our localities. Only those associated with emergency and essential services will leave their homes,” he added.

He called for ‘Janta curfew’ on March 22 from 7 am-9 pm, saying no citizen, barring those in essential services, should get out of house.

“Even World War I and II did not affect as many countries as coronavirus has done,” Modi said in a national broadcast. Asking people to sacrifice “some weeks of yours, some time of yours”, Modi said given that coronavirus has no cure yet, the only way to stay safe is to stay indoors.

The Union government also asked states to enforce work-from-home for all private sector employees except those working in emergency and essential services, the state-run Press Information Bureau said in a statement. It advised citizens above 65 years and children below 10 years to stay at home.