The Janata Curfew was observed successfully in Dehradun and other parts of the state on Sunday. At 5 PM, citizens clapped, blew conch shells and banged plates in support of the health and other workers involved directly in tackling the pandemic situation. Governor Baby Rani Maurya and chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat also participated in this activity at their respective residences. The governor thanked the public for its cooperation and also appealed the citizens to follow the lockdown conditions implemented by the state government till March 31.
In towns across the state including Dehradun, the roads were deserted as citizens remained indoors. While most of the people appreciated this move, some were skeptical about the effect of the curfew in breaking the chain of further spread of coronavirus.
According to Rudrapur resident Harish Bora, “The Janata Curfew was a smart decision by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and if further extended, we will completely support the decision.”
“It is good that our PM did not impose the curfew on the citizens but asked them to observe it voluntarily. It is a right decision but I do not think that all the people understand the gravity of the spread of coronavirus. Some people are still wandering around on the roads for apparently no reason. Therefore, I think the government should have imposed a compulsory curfew for all so that everyone will have to abide by it,” said Lokesh Sharma, a school teacher from Rajpur.
However, there were some who questioned the move. “The Janata Curfew is not logical at all. People cannot stay at home for weeks without job, salary or ration. The administration can help few people to manage the basic necessities like food or medicine but cannot pay the labourers who are dependent on their daily wages. The administration should understand that social distancing can be maintained even without a curfew,” said Rashid Khan, a store owner in Dalanwala. According to several locals who earn their livelihood as daily wagers or by selling vegetables and other items, the curfew hit them hard and if the condition is extended, they would face dire circumstances.
Monday, 23 March 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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