Union Home Minister Amit Shah on April 14th, 2020 assured there will be no shortage of essential items including food and medicine during the 19-day of extended COVID-19 induced national lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“As the Home Minister of the country, I reassure the public that there are sufficient reserves of food, medicines and other daily essentials in the country, hence there is no need for any citizen to panic. At the same time, I request the well-off people to come forward and help the poor living nearby,” Shah said.
Modi announced to extend the lockdown, to fight against COVID-19, till May 3ed, 2020. The Home Minister also lauded the coordination between the states and the Centre over the implementation of measures to contain coronavirus disease.
Describing the coordination between the Centre and the States as very important to deal with this epidemic and to meet every need of the citizens, the Home Minister said that the way all the State Governments are working together with the Central Government is truly laudable.
“This coordination needs to be intensified so that all citizens follow the lockdown properly and no one faces any problem to access things of their everyday needs,” he added.
Saluting the frontline healthcare professionals and security personnel fighting COVID-19, Shah said that the contribution of the doctors, health workers, sanitation workers, police and all the security personnel who are playing an important role in this fight is very touching.
“Their courage and understanding in these tough times inspire every Indian. Everyone should follow the guidelines and cooperate with them,” he stated.