New Delhi: Addressing the nation for the third time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that fourth phase of the coronavirus lockdown will be completely different from the earlier three phases. Also Read - Nepal Airport Under Renovation Amid Coronavirus Lockdown
“Scientists say that coronavirus will be a part of our lives for a very long time. But we can’t let our lives remain confined around COVID-19. We will wear masks and maintain social distancing but we will not let it affect us. So lockdown 4 will be in a new form with new rules”, said the Prime Minister. Also Read - Bangladesh Govt Decides Not to Extend COVID-19 Shutdown
“Based on the suggestions by states, information related to lockdown 4 will be given to you before 18 May. We will fight coronavirus and we will move forward”, he added. Also Read - COVID-19 Cases Cross 1.6 Lakh-mark; Death Toll Above 4,600; Shah Speaks to CMs Over Lockdown Extension | Key Points
Besides, PM Modi also announced Rs 2 lakh crore economic package for the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan’.
“I announce a special economic package today. This will play an important role in the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’. The announcements made by the govt over COVID, decisions of RBI and today’s package totals to Rs 20 Lakh Crores. This is 10% of India’s GDP. This package is for the farmers, for our middle class who honestly pay taxes and our industry who are determined to take India to heights”, PM stated.
Furthermore, he termed economy, infrastructure, technology-driven system, vibrant demography and demand the five pillars. He said that India can become self-reliant by following these five pillars.
His address to the nation came a day after he held a video conference with CMs of all states and UTs to discuss the road ahead in India’s fight against COVID-19 and noted that he was of the firm view that measures needed during the third phase of lockdown will not be needed in the fourth phase.
The third phase of lockdown will end on May 17.