From Stay home, Stay Safe to Go out and Be Safe

TC Bureau Chandigarh: The industry needs people to get back, up and running. We need to stand up and fight the virus and fight life. We have to start consuming and start spending and earning too. We cannot stop the circle of demand and supply. And if we do, for how long? For how long can you survive, just staying home. It was a wrong decision. Period.

Death! If your time has come, please be assured, it will get you inside, hiding in your bedroom.  Fear is not the solution. Ducking your head in sand, still leaves your body exposed. So, it would be better to see it coming, rather than hitting your from behind without you know when.

By shutting down, shops, malls, hotels, buses, airways, railways, industries, factories, buildings, farming, schools and offices, plumbers and electricians, mechanics and rickshaw pullers, closing hospitals sick and ailing, threatening and beating people to stay in homes or to stay where they were stuck unaware, was akin to killing life for millions, killing industry and depriving people means of livelihood. And till how long were you expected to stay indoors and live off your savings. And those who had no saving? They had to beg, borrow, sleep hungry or walk back home.   

Images of migrant workers walking hundreds of kilometers, hungry, and some not making it, will always be itched with sad memories of the lockdown.

The country was locked down at 500 cases and at 50,000 cases, half the country opened up. The remaining perhaps will open up after crossing what figure! Between life and death, we will have to choose life.

Enough is enough!

We should now unite in one voice: Get up and move. To do that, we need to get back to our normal lives, the faster it is, the better – for everyone, for you and me, the industry and economy and the country and the world. This will spur demand. And when the demand will be there, supply will automatically follow.

Now, we need our life back. We will have to kickstart and get back.

With easing of lockdown, smarter management of health services, and tracking and testing of the Covid 19, getting migrant workers back and ensuring jobs are not lost. It is imperative that the government works on a more fear-negating narrative and get people to participate in nation building, proactively.

Let us start working on the slogan of Go Out, Be Safe and Restart Life

End this charade of a LOCKDOWN

What will revive economy:

Lifting lockdown with only constrained containment zones

Contact tracing of the Covid 19 positive cases

Allowing free movement of people

Ensuring normalcy is restored

Not to slap frivolous cases against people

Containing the police

Apologizing and calling the migrant workers back to their work places

Direct money transfers to labours and migrant workers

Direct money transfers to those who lost jobs

Opening up the railways

Opening public transport

Opening up restaurants & hotels

Opening up schools and colleges

Pushing infrastructure

Allowing industries to working normally

Supporting construction

Tax cuts – GST rates

Infusing consumer confidence to spend

Boost health and medical care

Supporting small and medium enterprises

Opening dhabas and restaurants

Subsequently lifting all restrictions

Caution to maintain

In all cases, people can wear masks and ensure social distancing where ever possible. Conduct test and temperature scan people in public places

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