NEW DELHI: Annoyed by violation of lockdown in different parts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent out a stern message to offenders by asking state governments to enforce the measures to ensure “social distancing”. “Several people are not taking lockdown seriously. Kindly save yourself, save your families and follow directions seriously… “I request state governments to ensure adherence of norms and the law,” Modi tweeted on a day when state governments moved in impose curfew and lockdown in hundreds of districts across the country.
The warning that heedlessness can have life-threatened consequences came a day after the praise of making the 14-hour “janta curfew” on Saturday an unprecedented success, and was seen as reflecting the exasperation over the disregard for the unanimous view that people can help stem the spread of coronavirus by staying at home. In his interaction with representatives of electronic media, the PM is learnt to have emphasised that strict adherence to “social responsibility” held the key to success in the battle against the pandemic. Modi will be interact with the citizens of his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi through video conferencing on Wednesday. The citizens will be able to join the interaction directly via Narendra Modi Mobile App. The home ministry also urged the states and Union territories, to strictly enforce the lockdown and take legal action against the violators.
In a video-conference with chief secretaries of the states/ Union territory on Monday morning, home secretary Ajay Bhalla reviewed the measures taken by them for implementation of lockdown.
According to joint secretary in home ministry Punya Salila Srivastava, the chief secretaries were instructed to enforce the lockdown in the districts concerned and take legal action — under Section 188 of IPC — for those who violate or defy the lockdown. Section 188 provides for imprisonment of up to one-month or fine of up to Rs 200 for any person who disobeys an order promulgated by a public servant. However, if such disobedience causes danger to life, health or safety, the imprisonment may extend to six months or fine of up to Rs 1,000.