Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government have been taking severe and targeted measures to curb the spread of the pandemic in the country and several international organisations have hailed India’s effort of adopting co-ordinated and co-operative stance regionally to combat COVID-19.
In his address to the nation through video address on April 3 at 9 am, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to light candles, lamps, torches or mobile flashlights at 9 pm on Sunday, April 5, for 9 minutes to “raise the great power of 130 crore Indians” and make everyone feel that in this lockdown no one is alone and all Indians stand united in this time of crisis.
This was his third address to the nation, the first being the call for a one-day Janata Curfew and the second address on March 24 followed an announcement of a national lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19.
On April 2, PM held a meeting with the Chief Ministers of the States and UTs to discuss measures to curb internal movement of people in the country. PM said, “It is important to formulate a common exit strategy to ensure staggered re-emergence of the population once the lockdown ends”.