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
Allowing industries to working normally
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