Everyone is well aware of the fact that India, at the moment, is under complete lockdown. At 8 pm on March 24, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown for 21 days to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The lockdown has created a panic situation in the country, especially for the daily wage workers who are not able to survive in urban areas without work. They can not even go back to their villages as they are stuck in cities. Daily wage workers and other poor are in trouble amid nationwide lockdown. These workers are going to face a lot of challenges in the next 21 days.
However, the question remains where do those who do not have shelter or the means to fend for themselves go? People have been told to stay at home but what will happen to those who are far km away from their family.
The announcement for the lockdown was made without proper planning, due to which several people are facing problems. Now, thousands of poor thronged outside Delhi shelter for food as CM Kejriwal ensured that food would be made available to all poor. This shows the administration is not yet prepared to fight Coronavirus.
Social media activist, Anjali Bhardwaj took to Twitter to point out the fact that amid coronavirus lockdown the poor and the hungry were suffering.
“THOUSANDS have collected at shelter homes where Delhi govt has directed cooked food be provided. Overcrowded, overwhelmed- shelters don’t have adequate ration & infrastructure. Govt needs to ensure cooked food distribution at all anganwadis & govt schools also,” her tweet reads.
Now the question is how the government will deal with this problem. Will the government be able to provide enough food to the poor until the lockdown is lifted?
However, The Delhi government has announced relief packages for daily-wage earners and other temporary workers. They have announced 5000/month compensation for daily wage workers. They also ensured that no one will go hungry in the capital. The Delhi government has also started a website to give out passes to people according to their requirements.
The coronavirus which originated in Wuhan, China, has spread in over 160 countries. By far, the deadly virus has affected over 4.5 lakh people globally and the global death toll has risen to at least 21,000.
In India alone, the confirmed positive cases of coronavirus have surpassed 600 so far, while more than 12 people have died in the country from the infection. Complete lockdown for 21 days has been imposed across the country in order to check the spread of COVID-19 outbreak.