Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Image courtesy: Twitter

Taking a strong note on the incidents of racism against Northeastern people in different metros, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday condemns such incidents and underlined that such cases need to be dealt with firmly.

Condemning and expressing distress at the instances of attacks on the doctors and medical staff, and at incidents of misbehavior with students from Northeast and Kashmir, Prime Minister Modi underlined that such cases need to be dealt with firmly.

The Prime Minister also spoke about the need to curb lockdown violations and ensure that social distancing is followed.

Instances of attacks and misbehavior on Northeast students have been reported from New Delhi, Hyderabad among other places.

Prime Minister Modi gave his reactions while discussing the Covid 19 situation in India with Chief Ministers of all states.

The chief ministers suggested that lockdown should be extended by two weeks.

They also sought financial and fiscal assistance from the Centre to boost their resources in this fight against the pandemic.

Modi has categorically assured that India has adequate supplies of essential medicines and said that measures are being taken to ensure availability of protective gear and critical equipment for all front-line workers.

He also gave a stern message against black marketing and hoarding.

This was the third such interaction of the Prime Minister with the Chief Ministers.

The Chief Ministers provided feedback about the COVID positive cases in their respective states, steps taken by then to maintain social distancing, ramp up healthcare infrastructure, mitigate difficulties of migrants and maintain supply of essentials.

Prime Minister also spoke about popularizing the Aarogya Setu app to ensure downloads in greater numbers.

He referred to how South Korea and Singapore got success in contact tracing.

“Based on those experiences, India has made its own effort through the app which will be an essential tool in India’s fight against the pandemic,” said Modi.

The Prime Minister also referred to the possibility of the app being an e-pass which could subsequently facilitate travel from one place to another.

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