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    PM Modi To Indians: Go To Your Balcony And Clap To Thank Healthcare Workers On Mar 22

    Modi urged the citizens to stand at the doors, balconies, windows of their homes, and give the healthcare providers and sanitation workers a 5-minute standing ovation

    In view of coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 19th, 2020 appealed to all Indians to take part in thanking healthcare providers by clapping from their homes on March 22nd, 2020 at 5 pm.

    “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,” said Prime Minister Modi in an address to the nation.

    He added, “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.”

    Modi urged the citizens to stand at the doors, balconies, windows of their homes, and give the healthcare providers and sanitation workers 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 March 22nd, 2020,” he said.

    The Prime Minister asked people to follow ‘Janata Curfew’ on March 20th, 2020 from 7 am to 9 pm. “Social distancing measures are very important at this time,” he asserted.

    Modi mentioned that the global pandemic is also going to have a wide-ranging impact on the economy. Keeping in mind the economic challenges arising from the coronavirus, 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, he said.

    “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 the 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,” Modi said.

    The Prime Minister also urged the citizens to follow the directives of the government.

    Photo credit: @PMOIndia

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