Did Narendra Modi help during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Yes!

RATING: +1
  1. With fewer cases than the rest of the world, he put the entire country of India into a 3-week straight away – which was applauded by WHO (BBC) (The Print)
  2. Created a ‘Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund’ (PM CARES Fund)’ with the primary objective of dealing with any kind of emergency or distress situation, like posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to provide relief to the affected (PMINDIA)
  3. Set up complex contact tracing protocols which kept cases in a country of 1.3 Billion low when compared to other countries (Covid19India)
  4. Narendra Modi’s government rushed a five-tonne cargo of medicines, including anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, to Isreal as well as shipping the drug to America and Brazil (India Today) (India Today) (Economic Times)
  5. Physical attacks on doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers were made a non-bailable offence punishable by up to seven years in prison, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledging “no compromise” on ensuring the safety of a sector that is leading the fight against covid-19 (Live Mint)
  6. India’s king-sized effort to repatriate tens of thousands of Indians stranded abroad will start from the Gulf countries and will entail deployment of not just commercial planes but also the biggest warships and planes of the defence forces, people familiar with the development told Hindustan Times (Hindustan Times)
  7. India pledged $10 million toward a Covid-19 emergency fund and said it was putting together a rapid response team of doctors and specialists for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) nations as part of an initiative led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi (The Economic Times)
  • Has been “Slow in scaling up testing facilities” and thus, the real number of coronavirus cases isn’t known (ThePrint) (TheAtlantic)
  • “People who’ve been quarantined in India for suspected exposure to corona virus say conditions inside government facilities are unsanitary and unsafe” – No soap, dirty toilets and not enough Coronavirus tests (NPR)
  • Depraving Jammu and Kashmir of 4G Internet (ban on 4G from August 5th) even during a pandemic when it’s a necessity for doctors, students and from home workers (IndiaToday)(TheWire)
  • Poor planning in executing shut down, leading to a mass migration of poor labourers on foot. Some states organised buses but asked the labourers to pay and the cost was a few days wages (NYTimes)(TelegraphIndia)(QZ)
  • Didn’t allocate enough funds to the virus relief. A state alone in India (Kerala) allocated 20,000 crores compared to Modi allocating 15,000 crores for Healthcare for the whole country (LiveMint)(EconomicTimes)
  • Not releasing prisoners, especially Kashmiri, during a pandemic despite human rights organisations and activists asking him repeatedly as most of them are under preventive detentions (HindustanTimes)
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