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1: India is under a national lockdown to battle the #Covid19 pandemic for the next 3 weeks. The Government of India and various state governments must ensure the lockdown doesn't aggravate people's hardships, by guaranteeing the operation of essential services.

2: Despite Govt of India' clarification that essential services will continue to operate during the lockdown, news reports across India show that police are forcibly shutting down grocery shops, vegetable and fruit vendors and meat shops. This harassment must stop immediately.
3: The lockdown must not be enforced through brute force by the police. Excessive & arbitrary use of force by the police only stands to worsen the existing fear & anxiety of the public. Govt of India must reach out to people & inform them about the pandemic at a community level.
4: Priority must be given to delivery of essential services to migrant workers, street vendors, contract workers, elderly living alone, those employed in the informal sector and other vulnerable communities. India's fight against #Covid19 must be inclusive.


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