Kamal Haasan Warns PM Modi About Impact Of 21-day Lockdown On Daily Wage Workers

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After PM Modi announced a strict 21-day lockdown in a bid to combat coronavirus cases in India, Kamal Haasan warned against its impact on daily wage workers

Written By Pritesh Kamath | Mumbai | Updated On:
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After Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a strict 21-day lockdown due to a massive surge in the number of coronavirus cases in India, actor turned politician Kamal Haasan warned the prime minister of the possible impact that the nation-wide curfew might have on the life of daily wage workers in the country.

Kamal Haasan's tweet in Tamil broadly translates as "The government should think about where will the daily wagers go to fill their stomach during the 21 days lockdown and do not ignore their plight. This is not the time to help only the rich industrialists; small and medium industries have always saved our economy. Those who ignore them will lose their positions. This is history."

Haasan's tweet was in reiteration to his open letter to the prime minister urging him to think about "the livelihood of millions of workers, agriculture and manual labourers, fishermen and MSME workers" during the coronavirus outbreak. He added that the Economic Response Task Force should ensure that there is no drop in wages of labour force.

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PM Modi announces 21-day lockdown

India witnessed a massive rise in the coronavirus cases on Tuesday, March 24, as the number of infected cases surged to 536 with 10 deaths due to the deadly virus. Taking stock of the severity of the situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown in the country.

All offices of the government, barring for those providing essential services, will remain shut. They will function with the minimum number of employees. Hospitals and all medical establishments will be open and transportation to people working in essential services will be permitted.

All commercial establishments and private organizations will be closed. The exemptions include print and electronic media, shops selling essential items, e-delivery of food, medical equipment, banks, petrol pumps etc. The suspension of transport and hospitality services shall continue.

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Moreover, legal action can be taken against a person who does not follow the quarantine period prescribed by local health authorities. Incident Commanders appointed by the District Magistrates will be responsible for the overall implementation of these measures in their jurisdictions.

An individual violating the containment measures can be proceeded against under Sections 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act and Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

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