New Delhi, Apr 3: Affirming that the people have set an example by showing exemplary discipline and solidarity in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday expressed concern over two incidents - the gathering of migrant workers in Anand Vihar and congregation of Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin, both in Delhi, that, he said "caused a setback to the efforts".
"In battling the pandemic, our efforts so far have been in the right direction, notwithstanding some incidents, and we are moving ahead with firm determination," he told the meeting of Governors, Lieutenant Governors and Administrators of States/UTs, which was also attended by Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu. The video conference - the second since March 27 - discussed ways to contribute to the measures taken by the Government of India and the State Governments in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.
In the conference there was unanimity that there is no scope for laxity or complacency in fighting the invisible enemy. In this context, the President noted with concern the attacks on doctors, health workers and police personnel in some parts of the country. He wholeheartedly endorsed the Prime Minister’s appeal today to all citizens to switch off lights in homes at on Sunday and instead switch on their torches or lamps in an expression of people’s solidarity to fight against Coronavirus.
He, however, cautioned people not to let their guard down and steadfastly adhere to the practice of social distancing. Taking note of the problems faced by the homeless, the unemployed and the weaker sections of society during this crisis, the President said, 'We will have to be extra sensitive towards their needs and ensure nobody remains hungry. Acknowledging that this was a big challenge, he expressed confidence that the Governors will contribute to the efforts made at the Central and State levels and involve all sections of society.
Moreover, while ensuring that food and other essential items are made available to the needy, care has to be taken that no compromise is made on the question of social distancing, he added.(UNI)