New Delhi: Minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nationwide full lockdown, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday evening said the government was planning to deliver essential commodities at the doorstep so people do not have to step out of their homes at all. Also Read - With 35 Deaths, 1400 Confirmed Cases in India, Delhi's Nizamuddin Emerges as New Epicentre of Coronavirus
Speaking to news agency ANI, CM Adityanath said, “I would like to assure the 23 crore people of Uttar Pradesh that we have enough stock of essential items like vegetables, milk, medicines, etc. For the safety of you and your family don’t step out of your houses and maintain social distance.” Also Read - Coronavirus Pandemic: No Pay Cut For South African Cricketers For 2020-21 Season Despite Growing Concerns
“From tomorrow vegetables, milk, fruits, medicines and other essential commodities will be delivered to your door steps for which we have identified more than 10,000 vehicles,” he added appealing people to stay indoors not go to markets to hoard commodities. Also Read - Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan Contribute to Humanitarian Organisations For Coronavirus Fight
The Chief Minister is, however, yet to explain how the system would work.
Notably, ever since a lockdown was announced across various states in the country, grocery and medical shops have been running short of supply as people are thronging to markets and panic buying.
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However, PM Modi repeatedly assured in his speech and in Twitter posts that essential commodities like milk and medicines would be available throughout the shutdown period. The central and state governments will work in close coordination to ensure the same, he said.
“By converging around shops, you are risking the spread of COVID-19. No panic buying please. Please stay indoors. I repeat- Centre and State Governments will ensure all essentials are available,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
PM Modi, folding his hands, made an emotional appeal made to people to practice social distancing as the total number of positive wcases in India rose to 536.
The Prime Minister asked citizens not to cross the ‘lakshman rekha’ of their homes for the next three weeks or the country will lose the war against the coronavirus pandemic.