Prakash Javadekar

Javadekar stated that the central government has made elaborate arrangements for migrant workers, including availability of buses and trains. He said there will not be any major job losses due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

The minister said the lockdown has brought us success in containing the COVID-19 pandemic. "Now that the restrictions in third phase, practically half of the country will be fully operational from May 4," said Javadekar.

Javadekar further said that the captains of the industry also praised the way the government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dealt with the challenge of COVID-19.

Cornering Gandhi over the matter, the Union Minister suggested that Gandhi should take tuition classes from Chidambaram to understand the difference between writing off and waiving off.

BJP lashed out at the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi after the latter alleged that BJP is spreading the virus of communal hatred, when it should be battling Covid-19.

The Union Civil Aviation Minister said that earlier also he had mentioned that lifting the restriction would be "considered" after the lockdown ends.

The package will also help in setting up of laboratories and bolster surveillance activities, bio-security preparedness, pandemic research and proactively engage communities and conduct risk communication activities.

Javadekar said that an amendment will be made to the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and ordinance will be implemented.

"He (PM Modi) has a plan afoot, which will be announced tomorrow, about what can be allowed and what cannot be allowed after April 20. However, he has essentially appealed to continue the lockdown," Javadekar said.

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