On Thursday, reacting to PM Modi’s speech, Congress national spokesman Sanjay Jha wondered how a Janta curfew would help.
While praising PM Modi’s appeal to stop hoarding, he wondered how the Janta curfew would help and wrote: “Sorry Sir, but with due respects, how does a #JantaCurfew for 12-14 hours on 1 day change anything??? Please provide economic relief immediately to our daily wage earners who are being devastated. And provide a fiscal stimulus to bleeding sectors. The Prime Minister’s request to all to stop hoarding of essential commodities is welcome. This will allay apprehensions.”
He added: “I am glad that the Prime Minister recognized the enormity of the #coronavirus threat and did not diminish its ferocious scale and dangerous intensity. I wish the Prime Minister had permitted the private hospital infrastructure to combat the #coronavirus as well. It is bizarre that they are being excluded in this challenging battle. What is most disappointing about PM’s address to the nation is ignoring the massive wage loss of those who need daily income??? A #JantaCurfew on Sunday (a holiday) means further loss of livelihood.”
Prime Minister urged citizens to follow the concept of ‘Janta Curfew’ on 22 March, 2020 from 7 AM to 9 PM, wherein no one apart from those involved with essential services is supposed to venture out of home. He said that the success of such a people’s movement and the experiences gained from it will prepare us for the challenges ahead. He added that our efforts on March 22, would be a symbol of our self restraint and determination to perform duty in the national interest.
Urging the state governments to take the lead, Prime Minister asked all youth organizations including NCC and NSS, civil societies to generate awareness among people about the ‘Janta Curfew’. He urged everyone to try to inform at least ten other people over phone about this self imposed curfew.