With announcement of country-wide lockdown on Tuesday, essentially the first thing which came into the minds of people who were about to reel under 21-day long ‘restrictions’ to break the chain of novel coronavirus was whether the essential services and commodities will be made available or they have to lurch for the same while sitting and looking helplessly towards imaginary ‘Lakshman Rekhas’ drawn by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The apprehension of people about break in the supply chain of essentials however was baseless as the central dispensation without wasting a jiffy after the address of PM Narendra Modi came out with robust plan to ensure that not a single citizen of the nation faces any hardship with regard to procurement of essential commodities or services including power, water, milk, medicines and meat. The Centre has asked the state governments to ensure unhindered operation of essential services and their seamless availability for the general public during the 21-day lockdown period announced to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. In a communication to chief secretaries and DGPs of all states, the Union Home Ministry said all states and UTs should actively enforce social distancing and isolation for COVID-19 through lockdown and prohibitory measures with exemptions for supply chain and transportation of essential goods and services in and out of the states and UTs. There is no doubt that implementation of the notified lockdown/restrictions is imperative but on the other hand unhindered operations of manufacturing, processing, transportation, distribution, storage, trade/commerce and logistics related to all services/establishments and commodities required for the delivery of essential services, which have been exempted under various prohibitory orders was also of great importance and therefore necessary instructions have been issued by the concerned union ministry to ensure supplies. As the hassle free mechanism is being chalked out to provide essentials to people behind Lakshman Rekha there is no need to go out for panic buying and storing daily need items some of which are even perishable and will be of no use after some days. The need of the time now is to have faith on government and follow the precautions and advisories religiously to ensure safety of oneself and the entire nation.
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