New Delhi, Mar 25: As India moved for a complete 21-day nationwide lockdown to prevent community transmission of coronavirus, Considering the hardship which people might face due to lock down, the Government announced to provide rice and wheat at Rs 3 and Rs 2 per kg, respectively to the 80 crore poor people.
'Every person will get 7 kg ration every month,” Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar said after attending a Cabinet Meeting.
As per media reports, the Centre and state authorities have speeded up work to create space of coronavirus patients. Army ordnance factories and central paramilitary forces has created over 2,000 beds.
As the reports surfaced of doctors, para-medical staff and many involved in essential services facing harassment from landlords and others, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he was very pained by the misbehaviour of some people.
Addressing people of his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi via video, Mr Modi announced a WhatsApp helpline number number – 9013151515—for credible information on Coronavirus.
He said that epic Mahabharata war was won in 18 days but the war against coronavirus will take 21 days.
Several state also announced their respective helpline number for any emergency.
Meanwhile, the Centre postponed the first phase of much-talked about Census 2021 and updation of NPR exercise, which was scheduled to begin from April.
The Railways also suspended its operation till April 14, the last day of the 21-day lockdown period. Earlier, the services were suspended till March 31. (UNI)