Addressing a press conference virtually on Wednesday, Maken alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address on Tuesday was empty rhetoric. The states and common people were expecting relief from the Prime Minister but as always 18 minutes of the PM’s speech disappointed everyone. It had no direction, no empathy for the poor and those affected by the pandemic were left high and dry.
Maken said India declared the coronavirus pandemic to be a “disaster” on March 14, 2020. Ten days later, over a billion people were put under the world’s most severe lockdown, with the government arguing it needed time to expand the country’s healthcare capacity. It is high time that we effectively analyse the improvements if any, made in this direction.