Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation on Tuesday night invited scrutiny after it made no mention of an economic package or relief measures for the marginalised in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Opposition parties questioned Modi and the central government on how it would provide food and others essentials to the poor, migrant labourers and daily wage workers as the lockdown cut off their livelihood for three weeks.
The #CoronavirusLockdown was expected, but, PM Modi, a lot more was expected from you. What is the govt's level of preparedness? What is the economic stimulus package? How are daily wagers & poor people expected to survive? Lack of answers has left people panicked & helpless.— Congress (@INCIndia) March 24, 2020
No measures to assist the poor migrants most hurt by sudden lockdowns. Most of them are stranded en route without food or shelter. How will they reach safe spaces? How will they survive without money or food and with reports of police harassment too? https://t.co/ljhWjUsck5https://t.co/lkAB0Yw9wm— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) March 24, 2020
While BSP president Mayawati appealed to the centre and all state governments to provide essential commodities to the poor for free, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav asked the government to take action on the rising prices of essential commodities like milk, grains, vegetables and fruits and medicines.
But several people also drew comparisons between Modi’s lockdown speech and the one made by Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the money devoted to relief measures by both.
Thread: Contrast btw PMO India speech& CMO Kerala. Caution: had tweeted many of these previously. Kerala CM may not be high on dramatic appeal (Lakshmanrekha kinda stuff), but the state-wide lockdown on 23 March was...