COVID-19: Prez Kovind says migrant workers’ gathering & Tablighi Jamaat meet setback to combat virus

The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind along with the Vice President of India, holding discussions with the Governors, Lt. Governors and Administrators of all the States and Union Territories on COVID-19 response through video conferencing, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on April 03, 2020.

Affirming that people of India have set an example by showing exemplary courage, discipline and solidarity in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, President Ram Nath Kovind today expressed concern over two incidents–the gathering of migrant workers in Anand Vihar and the congregation of Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin, both in Delhi, that caused a setback to efforts to fight the virus.

The President, along with the Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, today held a video-conference with the Governors, Lieutenant Governors and Administrators of States/UTs and discussed ways to contribute to the measures taken by the Government of India and the State Governments in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. The President emphasized the need to ensure that no one remains hungry during the nationwide lockdown.

Today’s conference was a sequel to the video conference held on March 27 with the Governors/LGs of select States/UTs on the issue. The Governors and LGs of 15 States/UTs had apprised the President and Vice-President about the situation in their States/UTs in the conference held on March 27. Today, the Governors/LGs/Administrators of 21 remaining States/UTs briefed the President and Vice-President on COVID-19 related efforts.

In the conference there was unanimity that there is no scope for laxity or complacency in fighting the invisible enemy. In this context, the President noted with concern the incidents of attacks on doctors, health workers and police personnel in some parts of the country.

He wholeheartedly endorsed the Prime Minister’s appeal today to all citizens to switch off lights in homes at 9 P.M. on Sunday and instead switch on their mobile flashlights, torches or lamps in an expression of people’s solidarity to fight against Coronavirus. He, however, cautioned people not to let their guard down and steadfastly adhere to the practice of social distancing.

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