My dear fellow citizens,
The whole world is currently passing through a period of very serious crisis. Normally, when a natural crisis strikes, it is limited to a few countries or states. However, this time the calamity is such that it has it has put all of mankind in crisis. World Wars 1 and 2 did not impact as many countries, as have been affected by Corona today.
Over the last two months, we are continuously observing and hearing of grave Corona virus related news. In these two months, the 130 crore citizens of India have ably dealt with the global Corona pandemic and have exercised due caution.
However, in the past few days, it is appearing as if we have averted the crisis, and everything is okay. Complacency in respect of a global pandemic like Corona is not appropriate. Therefore, it is essential that each and every Indian remains alert and cautious.
Today, I am here to ask you, all my fellow citizens, for something. I want your coming few weeks from you, your time in the near future.
Till now, science has not been able to find a definite solution to save us from the Corona pandemic, neither has a vaccine been developed. In such a situation, it is very natural to get worried.
Study of the countries most affected by Corona virus has revealed another aspect. In these countries, the spread of the disease has witnessed almost an explosion after the initial few days. The number of people infected by Corona has grown at a rapid pace. Government of India is constantly keeping a close watch on this situation, and this track record of the spread of Corona.
Although there are a few countries which have controlled the situation by taking swift decisions and isolating its people as much as possible.
This burgeoning crisis of Corona, is not an ordinary occurrence for a nation like India with a population of 130 crore, striving for development.
Therefore, as we witness the wide-spread impact of the Corona pandemic even in major, developed countries today, it is wrong to assume that India will not be impacted by it.
Hence, it is imperative to keep two key factors in mind in order to combat this global pandemic – Determination and Patience. Today, all 130 crore fellow citizens of Indians will have to further strengthen our resolve to overcome this global crisis, fulfilling all our duties as citizens, and abiding by the directions given by the Central and State governments. Today, we must all resolve to not get infected ourselves, and prevent others as well from getting infected.
During such a pandemic, only one mantra can take us through – ‘Hum Swasth, toh Jag Swasth’, that is the world will be healthy, if we stay healthy. In a situation like this, where there is no known cure for the disease, it is imperative that we stay healthy. Patience is an essential virtue to avoid this disease, and keep oneself healthy. And how does one practice patience? By staying away from crowds and gatherings, avoiding leaving your homes. This is called ‘Social Distancing’ nowadays, and is critical in these times of the global corona pandemic.
Our determination and patience will play a crucial role in containing the impact of this global pandemic. It is wrong if you believe that you are okay and nothing can happen to you, and you can continue roaming around in markets and streets as usual and remain unaffected. By doing this, you will not only be unjust to yourself but also to your family.
Keeping this is mind, I appeal to you all that for the next few weeks, step-out of your homes only when absolutely necessary. As far as possible, try and do your work, whether related to business or job, from home.
While it is essential that those who are in government services, healthcare services, people’s representatives, media personnel remain active. Everybody else must however, isolate themselves from the rest of society.
I also appeal that the elderly, senior citizens and those above 65 years of age in our families, not leave homes for the next few weeks. Today’s generation may not be very familiar with this, but in the olden times, blackout was observed at night during wartime. This would at times go on for prolonged periods. Several times, there would also be blackout drills.
Today, I request my fellow citizens for support on one more issue, that of people’s curfew. People’s curfew means a curfew imposed for the people, by the people, on the people themselves.
This Sunday, that is on 22nd March, all citizen must abide by this people’s curfew from 7 AM until 9 PM. 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.
22nd March 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 22nd March, and the experience gained from it, will also prepare us for our upcoming challenges.
I urge all state governments to take leadership in ensuring compliance of this people’s curfew.
I also request the youth of our nation, organizations like NCC, NSS, civil society, as well as other organizations of all types to spread awareness about this people’s curfew over the next 2 days.
I would appeal to every individual to if possible, call at least 10 people on the phone every day, explaining to them how to protect themselves from the virus as well as the idea of 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.
In the midst of all these efforts of the people’s curfew on 22nd March, I would also like to seek your support on one more matter on that day. For the past 2 months, lakhs of our people have been working day and night in our Hospitals and Airports. From doctors to nurses, hospital staff, sanitation workers, airlines employees, government staff, police personnel, media people, people associated with train-bus-auto rickshaw services, and home delivery agents; all have been selflessly serving others, without caring about themselves.
In the current circumstances, these services cannot be considered to be ordinary. Today, these people run the risk of getting infected themselves. Yet, they continue to fulfil their duties, serving others. As defenders of the nation, they stand firmly between us and the Corona pandemic. The nation is grateful to them all.
I wish that on Sunday, 22nd March, we express our gratitude to all such people. On Sunday at exactly 5 pm, we all stand at the doors, balconies, windows of our homes, and give them all a 5-minute standing ovation. We clap our hands, beat our plates, ring our bells to boost their morale, salute their service.
To inform people about this, I request local authorities across the country to ring a siren at 5 pm on 22nd March.
We must with full sincerity, express our feelings towards all such fellow citizens who have lived by our value-system of ‘Seva Parmo Dharma’, that is Service being the highest Duty.
In such times of crisis, we also need to be aware that the burden on our essential services, our hospitals, is continuously increasing.
I thus, urge you to as much as possible, avoid going to the hospital for routine check-ups. When necessary, you could get the required guidance over phone from your known local doctor, family doctor, or some relative who is a doctor. In case you have a non-essential, elective surgery scheduled, I would urge you to postpone it by a month.
This global pandemic is also going to have a wide-ranging impact on the economy. Keeping in mind the economic challenges arising from the Corona virus, the government has decided to set up a COVID-19 Economic Response Task Force under the leadership of the Finance Minister. This Task Force will take decisions in the near future, based on regular interactions and feedback from all stakeholders, and analysis of all situations and dimensions. This Task Force will also ensure that all steps taken to reduce the economic difficulties are effectively implemented.
It is clear that this pandemic is deeply hurting the economic interests and well-being of our nation’s middle class, lower-middle class, and poor segments. In such a time of crisis, I request the business world and high income segments of society to as much as possible, look after the economic interests of all the people who provide them services. In the coming few days it is possible these people may not be able to come to office or your homes. In such a case, do treat them with empathy and humanity and not deduct their salaries. Always keep in mind that they too need to run their homes, protect their families from illness.
I would like to reassure all Indians that all steps necessary are being taken to ensure there is no shortage of essential items like milk, groceries and medicines. I thus urge all my fellow citizens to make purchases as normal, and not hoard essential items in Panic Buying.
Over the past 2 months, 130 crore Indians, each and every citizen, has taken on this national crisis as one’s own and done whatever possible for society and the nation. I have full faith that you will in a similar manner, continue to carry out your responsibilities and duties in the time to come.
Yes, I acknowledge that many difficulties arise in such times, and there is an environment of apprehensions and rumours. Many a times, our expectations as citizens is also not fulfilled. However, this crisis is so grave, that all fellow citizens must face these challenges with firm resolve and determination, amidst all these difficulties.
We need to put in all our capacity and capability in protecting ourselves from the Corona virus. Whether it be the Central government, State governments, local authorities, panchayats, people’s representatives or civil societies; everyone is contributing in their own way in the fight against this global pandemic. You too, must give your full contribution!
It is critical that in this environment of a global pandemic, humanity emerges victorious, India emerges victorious!
The festival of Navratri is coming up in a few days. This is a festival of worshipping ‘Shakti’. That India moves ahead with full Shakti, full Strength and Energy, is my heartfelt wish to one and all.
Many, many Thanks!
Watch Live! https://t.co/UHSCp7Wcu9— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 19, 2020
आम तौर पर कभी जब कोई प्राकृतिक संकट आता है तो वो कुछ देशों या राज्यों तक ही सीमित रहता है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 19, 2020
लेकिन इस बार ये संकट ऐसा है, जिसने विश्व भर में पूरी मानवजाति को संकट में डाल दिया है: PM @narendramodi #IndiaFightsCorona
इन दो महीनों में भारत के— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 19, 2020
130 करोड़ नागरिकों ने कोरोना वैश्विक महामारी का डटकर मुकाबला किया है, आवश्यक सावधानियां बरती हैं।
बीते कुछ दिनों से ऐसा भी लग रहा है जैसे हम संकट से बचे हुए हैं,
सब कुछ ठीक है: PM @narendramodi #IndiaFightsCorona
इन देशों में शुरुआती कुछ दिनों के बाद अचानक बीमारी का जैसे विस्फोट हुआ है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 19, 2020
इन देशों में कोरोना से संक्रमित लोगों की संख्या बहुत तेजी से बढ़ी है।
भारत सरकार इस स्थिति पर, कोरोना के फैलाव के इस ट्रैक रिकॉर्ड पर पूरी तरह नजर रखे हुए है: PM @narendramodi #IndiaFightsCorona
आज 130 करोड़ देशवासियों को अपना संकल्प और दृढ़ करना होगा कि हम इस वैश्विक महामारी को रोकने के लिए एक नागरिक के नाते,— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 19, 2020
अपने कर्तव्य का पालन करेंगे,
राज्य सरकारों के दिशा निर्देशों का पालन करेंगे: PM @narendramodi #IndiaFightsCorona
आज हमें ये संकल्प लेना होगा कि हम स्वयं संक्रमित होने से बचेंगे और दूसरों को भी संक्रमित होने से बचाएंगे।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 19, 2020
इस तरह की वैश्विक महामारी में, एक ही मंत्र काम करता है- “हम स्वस्थ तो जग स्वस्थ”: PM @narendramodi #IndiaFightsCorona
और संयम का तरीका क्या है- भीड़ से बचना,— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 19, 2020
घर से बाहर निकलने से बचना।
आजकल जिसे Social Distancing कहा जा रहा है, कोरोना वैश्विक महामारी के इस दौर में,
ये बहुत ज्यादा आवश्यक है: PM @narendramodi #IndiaFightsCorona
इसलिए मेरा सभी देशवासियों से ये आग्रह है कि आने वाले कुछ सप्ताह तक,— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 19, 2020
जब बहुत जरूरी हो तभी अपने घर से बाहर निकलें।
जितना संभव हो सके,
आप अपना काम,
चाहे बिजनेस से जुड़ा हो,
ऑफिस से जुड़ा हो,
अपने घर से ही करें: PM @narendramodi #IndiaFightsCorona
आज की पीढ़ी इससे बहुत परिचित नहीं होगी,— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 19, 2020
लेकिन पुराने समय में जब युद्ध की स्थिति होती थी,
तो गाँव गाँव में
BlackOut किया जाता था। घरों के शीशों पर कागज़ लगाया जाता था, लाईट बंद कर दी जाती थी, लोग चौकी बनाकर पहरा देते थे: PM @narendramodi #IndiaFightsCorona
साथियों,— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 19, 2020
22 मार्च को हमारा ये प्रयास, हमारे आत्म-संयम,
देशहित में कर्तव्य पालन के संकल्प का एक प्रतीक होगा।
22 मार्च को जनता-कर्फ्यू की सफलता, इसके अनुभव, हमें आने वाली चुनौतियों के लिए भी तैयार करेंगे: PM @narendramodi #IndiaFightsCorona
संभव हो तो हर व्यक्ति प्रतिदिन कम से कम— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 19, 2020
10 लोगों को फोन करके कोरोना वायरस से बचाव के उपायों के साथ ही जनता-कर्फ्यू के बारे में भी बताए।
ये जनता कर्फ्यू एक प्रकार से हमारे लिए,
भारत के लिए एक कसौटी की तरह होगा: PM @narendramodi #IndiaFightsCorona
ये कोरोना जैसी वैश्विक महामारी के खिलाफ लड़ाई के लिए भारत कितना तैयार है, ये देखने और परखने का भी समय है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 19, 2020
आपके इन प्रयासों के बीच, जनता-कर्फ्यू के दिन,
22 मार्च को मैं आपसे एक और सहयोग चाहता हूं: PM @narendramodi #IndiaFightsCorona
मैं चाहता हूं कि— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 19, 2020
22 मार्च, रविवार के दिन हम ऐसे सभी लोगों को धन्यवाद अर्पित करें।
रविवार को ठीक
हम अपने घर के दरवाजे पर खड़े होकर,
सामने खड़े होकर
5 मिनट तक ऐसे लोगों का आभार व्यक्त करें: PM @narendramodi #IndiaFightsCorona
पूरे देश के स्थानीय प्रशासन से भी मेरा आग्रह है कि— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 19, 2020
22 मार्च को
सायरन की आवाज से इसकी सूचना लोगों तक पहुंचाएं।
सेवा परमो धर्म के हमारे संस्कारों को मानने वाले ऐसे देशवासियों के लिए हमें पूरी श्रद्धा के साथ अपने भाव व्यक्त करने होंगे: PM @narendramodi #IndiaFightsCorona
संकट के इस समय में,— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 19, 2020
आपको ये भी ध्यान रखना है कि हमारी आवश्यक सेवाओं पर,
हमारे हॉस्पिटलों पर दबाव भी निरंतर बढ़ रहा है।
इसलिए मेरा आपसे आग्रह ये भी है कि रूटीन चेक-अप के लिए अस्पताल जाने से जितना बच सकते हैं,
उतना बचें: PM @narendramodi #IndiaFightsCorona
कोरोना महामारी से उत्पन्न हो रही आर्थिक चुनौतियों को ध्यान में रखते हुए, वित्त मंत्री के नेतृत्व में सरकार ने एक— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 19, 2020
कोविड-19-Economic Response Task Force
के गठन का फैसला लिया है: PM @narendramodi #IndiaFightsCorona
मैं देशवासियों को इस बात के लिए भी आश्वस्त करता हूं कि देश में दूध,— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 19, 2020
खाने-पीने का सामान, दवाइयां,
जीवन के लिए ज़रूरी ऐसी आवश्यक चीज़ों की कमी ना हो इसके लिए तमाम कदम उठाए जा रहे हैं: PM @narendramodi #IndiaFightsCorona
मुझे भरोसा है कि आने वाले समय में भी आप अपने कर्तव्यों का,— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 19, 2020
अपने दायित्वों का इसी तरह निर्वहन करते रहेंगे।
हां, मैं मानता हूं कि ऐसे समय में कुछ कठिनाइयां भी आती हैं, आशंकाओं और अफवाहों का वातावरण भी पैदा होता है: PM @narendramodi #IndiaFightsCorona
The world has seen various crisis and challenges but the situation arising due to COVID-19 is unprecedented.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 19, 2020
We in India are leaving no stone unturned to overcome this menace.
Need of the hour is to be alert and vigilant. #IndiaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/vdK3oYj6sx