News

Lifting of lockdown: Ball in PM’s court

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on April 07, 2020 Published on April 07, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi   -  PTI

Decision will be taken after GoM meet by end of the week

A Group of Ministers (GoM), which met here on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, has called for close monitoring and prevention of large gathering at places including religious centres. Sources in the know said though the group did not discuss the lockdown timeline, it will meet again by the end of the week to firm up views on the subject.

With many State governments as well as experts requesting the Centre to extend the lockdown, a final decision will be taken by the Prime Minister after the GoM meet.

The GoM’s directive to closely monitor gatherings has come at a time when instances of large congregations have come to notice. The police have also made a number of arrests in this regard. With Shab-e-Barat, one of the auspicious nights in the Islamic calendar when people gather in mosques for overnight prayers, scheduled on April 8-9, there are apprehensions that stay-at-home and social distancing directives could be flouted.

 

Keeping this in mind, the GoM felt “places where public have a tendency to gather in large numbers such as religious centres should be closely monitored and any such gatherings be prevented.” The GoM met for the fourth time post the implementation of the lockdown. Inputs, suggestions and feedback from the discussions held at these meetings are conveyed to Prime Minister by the Defence Minister.

 

 

Availability of essentials

The GoM comprises senior Ministers including Home Minister Amit Shah; Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman; Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister DV Sadananda Gowda; Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan; and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, besides others.

 

The GoM appealed to people to follow Prime Minister’s suggestion and contribute towards feeding the needy people, and making face masks at home. It noted with satisfaction that essential commodities were available in sufficient quantities and no shortages were reported from anywhere in the country. It has recommended measures to enhance testing facilities in medical laboratories.

It also appreciated the decision allowing agricultural operations during the current harvest season. It expressed satisfaction over measures put in place to provide shelter and food to migrant workers.

Published on April 07, 2020

A letter from the Editor


Dear Readers,

The coronavirus crisis has changed the world completely in the last few months. All of us have been locked into our homes, economic activity has come to a near standstill. Everyone has been impacted.

Including your favourite business and financial newspaper. Our printing and distribution chains have been severely disrupted across the country, leaving readers without access to newspapers. Newspaper delivery agents have also been unable to service their customers because of multiple restrictions.

In these difficult times, we, at BusinessLine have been working continuously every day so that you are informed about all the developments – whether on the pandemic, on policy responses, or the impact on the world of business and finance. Our team has been working round the clock to keep track of developments so that you – the reader – gets accurate information and actionable insights so that you can protect your jobs, businesses, finances and investments.

We are trying our best to ensure the newspaper reaches your hands every day. We have also ensured that even if your paper is not delivered, you can access BusinessLine in the e-paper format – just as it appears in print. Our website and apps too, are updated every minute, so that you can access the information you want anywhere, anytime.

But all this comes at a heavy cost. As you are aware, the lockdowns have wiped out almost all our entire revenue stream. Sustaining our quality journalism has become extremely challenging. That we have managed so far is thanks to your support. I thank all our subscribers – print and digital – for your support.

I appeal to all or readers to help us navigate these challenging times and help sustain one of the truly independent and credible voices in the world of Indian journalism. Doing so is easy. You can help us enormously simply by subscribing to our digital or e-paper editions. We offer several affordable subscription plans for our website, which includes Portfolio, our investment advisory section that offers rich investment advice from our highly qualified, in-house Research Bureau, the only such team in the Indian newspaper industry.

A little help from you can make a huge difference to the cause of quality journalism!

Support Quality Journalism
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor
You have read 1 out of 3 free articles for this week. For full access, please subscribe and get unlimited access to all sections.