No shortage of essentials, don't resort to panic-buying: Javadekar

No


New Delhi, March 25 : Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said the Centre and state governments are working in tandem to prevent the spread of coronavirus and asked people not to panic amid countrywide lockdown. The lockdown was imposed in the country from today and will be in force till April 14. In a cabinet briefing, Javadekar requested people to stay at home, maintain social distancing, wash hands frequently and visit a doctor if the symptoms appear. "The 21-day lockdown is important. Spend quality time with your family and do not resort to panic-buying. Essential items will be available throughout the country," he said. For the poor, the Centre will give rice and wheat at the rate of three and two rupees a kg, respectively. "Cheap or free ration is being given out. It is the world's biggest food security system. This will be extended to three months," the Union minister added. He further said that contractual labourers will get wages on time and also announced recapitalization of regional banks. Javadekar said the Ministry of Home Affairs is slated to come up with a helpline number today. "Every district will have a helpline number." /IANS




Related

12-day complete lockdown begins in four TN districts
[Chennai: Vehicles ply on a deserted road during an intensified lockdown as a preventive measure against the spread of coronavirus disease, in Chennai

Hyderabad police release 34k bikes seized for lockdown violation
Hyderabad, May 4 : Following appeals from various sections, Hyderabad police have released nearly 34,000 two-wheelers which were seized for lockdown v

B'luru police encourage art, essays during Covid lockdown
Bengaluru, April 18 : Bengaluru police have organised a drawing and essay writing competition to encourage people to stay indoors and engage in creati