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When Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the 21- day lock-down he had solemnly assured the nation that as part of the essential services all the grocery stores and supermarkets would be compulsorily kept open round the clock to facilitate people procure their food commodities while maintaining social distancing.
Despite this clear and stern directive, that order is being flouted with impunity by many who are keeping their premises closed for reasons best known to them. This is causing needless grave inconvenience to the public across Goa.
While most authorized shops remained closed, several illegal stalls across Goa have surfaced along the roads and in various building premises. The quality of the unaccountable stuff sold by them illegally is questionable. Infact the Food & Drugs Administration and local bodies should act against this entire illegal trade going on without the due permissions required by law.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had assured stern action against the shops that remain closed during the lock-down. So the authorities must step in and take deterrent action against those grocery stores and supermarkets that are violating the Central government directives by not being open. May be its time to crack the whip and seal all such premises and further penalize them in accordance with law so that these offenders are brought to book. If these businesses think they are not good enough to open during a time of need their licences ought to be permanently cancelled.
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With respect to Sarabjitji's email of 8th April.
Sarabjitji, are you against the idea of pensions? As Manohar Sharma
has mentioned in his mail, pension is a deferred wage, for services
already tendered. I am sure your grandfather who, as you say, was the
DGAFMS was also drawing a pension. Your proposal to reduce the pension
of senior officers and divert the amount saved to fight Covid in my
view has merit. But while that step is being considered, many of us
defence pensioners are already making substantial contributions to
As far as Canteen services are concerned I might add that during the
lockdown the Canteens are also locked down. So like everybody else we
are totally dependent on the local kirana shop (profiteering banias ?)
who provide the provisions at risk to their health, so that we (most
of us senior citizens and particularly vulnerable to the virus) can
remain relatively safe during the lockdown.
To complain about having difficulty getting your fridge , computers,
printers, RO etc repaired is rather naïve. Do you seriously consider
these to be essential services? Does that sound pro people?
With respect to the monetary situation, I have had no difficulty in
using my credit card/ netbanking. Small kirana shops are accepting
Credit /debit cards /BHIM and Paytm. I think the problems escribed by
you are exaggerated. In you e mail of 18 Mar you had raised the fear
of demonetisation. That was rather irresponsible - wasn't it. But
perhaps the misinformation came from the " corridors of power".
You have rightly pointed out that the number of Corona infected cases
has increased from 119 to 5800 in the last 20 days.. But has any other
large country fared any better? While there is absolutely no room for
complacency, so far we are doing substantially better wrt to Corona
Virus as compared to prosperous countries like US, UK, Spain, Italy
who have far better medical facilities. Please look up the comparative
Finally comes the question of lockdown vs no lockdown. Lockdown will
curtail the economy and cause hardship to all, more so for the poorer
section, but will slow down the spread of the virus. No lockdown will
permit the virus to spread unchecked, and may decimate a substantial
proportion of our population. This could possibly cripple our economy
in the long term. Which do you prefer? A difficult decision for any
government. US and many European governments delayed and are now
paying a heavy price.
Please do make some constructive suggestions on what steps the
government should take to fight the crisis, rather than find fault
with every decision. made by the government.
Regards to all. Keep indoors and stay safe.
On Fri, Apr 10, 2020 at 2:28 PM Manohar Sharma
> Dear Col Kapoor,Anand Sir n Rina Madam, I am forwarding this reply of mine to you all as I am not sure whether Mr Roy will post my reply.This is for your info only.Will be sending the reply to Mr Roy n India resist too.
> Dear Mr Roy
> You have mentioned my name in your post while exercising your self assumed authority to disapprove my replies on this group.Now as a very knowledgeable legal person like you must know that 'a natural right to reply' accrues to me automatically n you will allow this reply to be posted on the platform thus proving yourself to honest, fearless n Truthful (the qualities you learnt from your grandfather)
> You have called me a privileged person (IESM) who is in receipt of fixed price rations through canteen including liquor,ECHS, substantial pensions etc.
> Well yes,I have earned that privileged position through my service in the Air Force like your grand father must have earned his position and enjoyed these benefits too.The canteen services,ECHS , pensions etc has been in existence well before Modi became PM but for your info,now they are far more curtailed than the times of your grandfather.
> You being a genius who argued your case in SC(as per your post) must know that pensions are delayed wages so your mentioning it in the manner you have indicates a clear trait of jealousy .
> That said, I live in a village 15 kms from the army canteen n 38 kms from the cantonment where ECHS is available.I have been on self quarantined (self n wife are healthy with grace of God) since 18 March,by purely following govt instructions as I think I must support the govt action which is meant to contain this pandemic.
> I have been buying all my needs (except liquor as I have been a teetotaller all my life n still am)
> from local shop whom you have called 'bania profiteering' in a very disparaging manner. I may be ignorant but I am not aware whether the likes of Big Basket, Amazon n other home delivery services are free from profiteering'.
> The PSU bank (Indian Bank)branch has been functioning with all the banking needs being fulfilled.ATM is also attached to the branch n it has been functioning for 95% of the time.
> I always had the BSNL providing me WiFi services n Jio sim that functioned very well during all the period of lock down.
> SO YOUR NEWS TO HOARD MONEY N GOODS WHILE GIVING EXAMPLE OF DEMONETISATION WAS PURE N SIMPLE SPREADING PANIC as I have indicated above and I have not lived a privileged life as mentioned by you but normal life of all the villagers from my village.
> I have also written a full email contesting your ideas of Hinduism(Sanatan Dharma) by quoting specific verses of the vedas,you have chosen not to reply.
> If my replies have gagged or throttled postings of others then there's a serious problem of their being authentic.Your use of the word ',pro people' is very interesting.Who are these 'people' whose stance you represent.Last I remember you mentioning the religiously persecuted people from neighbouring countries in a very disgusting manner. The villagers where I stay are extremely happy with the receipt of gas cylinder,money transfer of home n toilet construction n subsidy via DBT n they don't have to beg any official or grease anyone's palms for these benefits.
> Best Regards
> Hope you will post my reply to your post of 08/04/20.
> From: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> on behalf of Sarbajit Roy <email@example.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 11:26 PM
> To: indiaresists <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: Re: [IAC#RG] READ THIS NOW - CORONA VIRUS
> Dear Col Kapoor (Advocate)
> I am constrained to send this email because several querulous emails are being posted recently to this list (but not being approved) mostly by retired govt servants seeking to gag / throttle postings on this forum (which incidentally exists since 2005) with veiled threats.
> Accordingly, I am belatedly responding to your benign email of 20.March 2020 in response to my email of 18.March.2020
> With the benefit of hindsight, I can safely say that most of what I anticipated therein has come about in various degree/s. For instance
> 1) On Friday evening PM Modi did announce so-called "Janata curfew" wef 22.March.2020 which was extended till 14 April 2020 soon thereafter and is now very likely to be extended by another month in Delhi and several other parts of India, since LOCKDOWN has been unable to curtail/control the virus.
> 2) As I predicted Banks did shut down and there were shortages of money in the ATMs. Petty grocery shopkeepers were refusing digital payments like PaYTM and Bhim-UPI, and even Amazon cancelled several of my pending orders (and for lakhs of other Indians too) placed before lockdown only for payment settlement related issues. My own PSU bank which is a stone's throw from my residence shut 3 branches in my colony and all ATMs near me near me within 2 days of lockdown and suggested I use another branch first 3 km and then 5 km away, People there say it is mostly out of cash and only 2 staff are on duty there, and in any case how are we to reach there with no public transport functioning.
> 3. Except for bare essentials of groceries and medicines, nothing is open near me in Delhi (the national capital). Prices of vegetables and especially fruits have doubled. Milk packets were being sold with expired dates on take-it-or-leave-it basis. I am sure others will have similar experiences. It is now reaching a point where systems are getting stretched and even normal replacements, repairs and regular servicings of basics like fridges, ACs. fans, RO water machines,computers, printers, mobile phones, diesel generators, elevators etc is not being allowed. Only bania shops are open for profiteering while private technicians are kept confined at home losing their income with no help from the government. Even mobile telecom engineers are being stopped and I have had no internet service from Airtel for last 10 days. I am able to send these emails only because i took my own advice and precautions and stocked up on SIMs of a Govt telecom operator.
> 4. Of course you would not experience all these disruptive things since you (presumably) as an IESM get a substantial Government pension, ECHS and no shortage of fixed price rations (including liquor) from military canteens etc. unlike the general public. I am sure all those other "pro-nation" IESMs like Mr. Anand Gangoli and Mr. Manohar Sharma (who are aggrieved by the "pro-people" aka "anti-national" stance of this forum) are also as privileged as you are to be able to support Mr. Modi who perpetuates your privileges. So before venturing to call me an anti-national, I respectfully suggest that all of you hold up a mirror to yourselves (and your privileges, if any) and imagine "normal" life without them.
> 5. Fifthly, I am a rational, scientific person with appropriate qualifications and first class professional degrees from premier institutes of India, and with decades of practical professional experience including in ordnance and weaponry. Additionally, because I also argued my first matter in the Supreme Court at age 17 (my son successfully argued his first PIL there in person at age 4 years) your tag of "Advocate" does not disconcert me in the least from speaking my mind on this forum as I am grounded squarely and soundly on fact and the law.
> 6. Sixthly, If there is one thing I learned from my grandfather (who was DGAFMS in his time) it is to be honest, truthful, fearless and not shirk from helping as many people as possible by cooperating fully with my peers and seniors in the centuries old war for purna swaraj for Hindustan (which is neither "India" nor "Bharat").
> In this context I refer to the joint resolution (common resolution) of Hindu Samaj and Hindu Mahasabha of 12 Dec. 1949 held at Calcutta, and at [here]
> "Socialist governance in Hindu Rashtra (Hindustan)
> The entire economic programme of the Hindu Samaj centres round the principle—that besides ordinary functions, of maintaining law and administering justice, a civilised Government has a duly to provide means of livelihood to every subject. If a person dies for want of food, the Head of the State must be held legally responsible for it.
> .. to achieve this end, salaries of Senior officers, as also the resources of business magnates, land- owners and industrialists, shall be subjected to compulsory cuts and taxation. In short, major sacrifices in new directions shall be required from those who have enough to spare. The Hindu Samaj shall give top priority to this question."
> PS: On 18.March 2020 when I sent my email there were only 110 confirmed Covid-19 cases, today (20 days later) there are 5,800 (officially), which is a 22.7% daily increase compounding (despite 15 days of curfew/lockdown). Think about it and what caused it to explode.
> Sarbajit Roy
> On Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 8:34 AM MG Kapoor <email@example.com> wrote:
> Mr Sarabjit Roy,
> Greetings of the day.
> Please stop this nonsense of spreading panic when the Nation is already reeling under corona virus panic - the TV Channels and media creating a great panic already.
> Your act, if proves untrue, would be a great antinational act.
> MG Kapoor
> On Wed, 18 Mar 2020 at 9:48 PM, Sarbajit Roy <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Dear IAC members
> Per my discussions today in corridors of power, this is likely to be a rerun of DEMONETISATION. Expect announcements from Friday evening onwards.
> Better to be safe than sorry.
> 1) Stock up on food and other essentials for 1 month
> 2) Stock up on cash, ATMs may go dry and banks may stop working.
> 3) Do not depend on digital systems, payment and internet. Today 1 major Telecom player seems likely to shut down due to stock market collapse and adverse SC judgment (or may sell discreetly to the Only Vimal group). Another mobile company in Delhi has shut down 80% of its towers in last 7 days, fired 50% staff and cant even pay electricity bills.
> 4) Hospitals are likely to fill quickly. In Delhi Kejriwal is likely to direct private hospitals to give free treatment in ICU, which is going to amplify the problem by 10 times.
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During this COVID -19 Pandemic catastrophe when some people especially the poor are struggling to even get the basic essential commodities, the flamboyant Panaji MLA Babush Monseratte has had the audacity of yesterday distributing one Coffee mug to every household. This is what we get when we elect under-educated MLAs who can't think and lack a vision.
We also do not know whether Babush Monseratte's delivery boys who were not wearing a mask or gloves were free from the virus. Did the North Goa Collector authorize this door to door distribution of those Mugs during this total lock-down?
Advocate High Court
C/G-2, Shopping Complex
Ribandar – Goa – 403006
Mobile No: 9822684372
Office Tel No: (0832) 2444012
You can also reach me on
The entire economic programme of the Hindu Samaj centres round the principle—that besides ordinary functions, of maintaining law and administering justice, a civilised Government has a duly to provide means of livelihood to every subject. If a person dies for want of food, the Head of the State must be held legally responsible for it.
.. to achieve this end, salaries of Senior officers, as also the resources of business magnates, land- owners and industrialists, shall be subjected to compulsory cuts and taxation. In short, major sacrifices in new directions shall be required from those who have enough to spare. The Hindu Samaj shall give top priority to this question."
Mr Sarabjit Roy,
Greetings of the day.
Please stop this nonsense of spreading panic when the Nation is already reeling under corona virus panic - the TV Channels and media creating a great panic already.
Your act, if proves untrue, would be a great antinational act.
On Wed, 18 Mar 2020 at 9:48 PM, Sarbajit Roy <email@example.com> wrote:
Post: "firstname.lastname@example.org"Dear IAC members
Per my discussions today in corridors of power, this is likely to be a rerun of DEMONETISATION. Expect announcements from Friday evening onwards.
Better to be safe than sorry.
1) Stock up on food and other essentials for 1 month
2) Stock up on cash, ATMs may go dry and banks may stop working.
3) Do not depend on digital systems, payment and internet. Today 1 major Telecom player seems likely to shut down due to stock market collapse and adverse SC judgment (or may sell discreetly to the Only Vimal group). Another mobile company in Delhi has shut down 80% of its towers in last 7 days, fired 50% staff and cant even pay electricity bills.
4) Hospitals are likely to fill quickly. In Delhi Kejriwal is likely to direct private hospitals to give free treatment in ICU, which is going to amplify the problem by 10 times.
Please do not circulate this message or forward it to non-members. It is only for our members.
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Post: "email@example.com"ToIndia Against CorruptionCOVID 19 - LIFTING LOCKDOWN IN INDIA– A CALCULATED RISK THAT HAS TO BE TAKEN
A team of management professional, technologists , trader with long experience in their respective field have put their heads together and arrived at suggestions for lifting the lockdown in the first phase.The discussions were organised by Nandini Consultancy Centre (www.nandinichemical.com ), a firm of Chemical Engineers and Chemical Business Consultants based at Chennai and SingaporeThe background of the team :* Doctorate in chemical engineering with over five decades of experience* Management professional - MBA from Indian Institute of Ahmedabad* Former bank official with expertise in business / financial analysis* Director of a leading trading house* Industry professional with long experience in shop floor management* Trustee of a non government organisation, serving the cause of deprived and downtrodden personsThe suggestions evolved after indepth discussions are given below.
SUGGESTIONS FROM TEAM OF EXPERTS
There is no point in discussing about the economic loss that is happening in India now due to the 21 day lockdown, which now appears to be beyond calculation. This view is applicable to all countries in the world, except perhaps, China, from where information flow is suspect and lacks credibility.
Present lockdown scenario in India :-
While lockdown has been on in India for the last several days, it should be clear that while lockdown is widespread, it is not total. In other words, one can say that India has been under partial lockdown. For example, there is no restriction in agricultural operations, harvesting and transportation/ procurement of the harvested products. Agriculture has good share in Indian GDP and employs very large number of labour force.
There is no restriction now on transportation of essential and non essential goods. There is no restriction on crude oil carriers docking at Indian ports and discharging the goods.
Grocery shops , vegetable market, medical shops are all allowed to operate for stipulated hours every day. News papers are distributed every day and milk is available without any issues for the consumers. Bank operations are continuing. Stock exchanges are in operation.
Several pharmaceutical units are operating though at reduced capacities.
For example, CEO of Serum Institute has said that the company is operating the Pune plant at 10% capacity and has kept the maintenance and basic facilities at the bare minimum.
The CEO of Godrej Consumer Products has said that the unit has been ramping up production of essential items, though at reduced capacity. The factories of Godrej Consumer Products are running at 20 to 25% production levels producing essential items. 50 to 60% of the depots of this company are open and 25 to 30% of distributors have the permission to operate.
Similar is the scenario in the case of several other pharmaceutical units and those producing what is termed as essential goods.
Under such circumstances, it should be kept in view that whatever growth of virus that has been taking place in India affect the lockdown period have been in such partial lockdown conditions and the virus spread in India has been much less compared to several other countries ; particularly considering India's high population level and population density and the level of literacy.
Is it a calculated risk to further relax the lockdown?
While the central and state governments have been taking earnest steps to persuade or force people to remain at home and maintain social distance, this has not been entirely successful. All people are not observing the guidelines strictly, though most people do.
In a situation where one infected person can infect more than 400 people in 30 days , social distancing is a vital need.
As the government has already putforth maximum efforts with extensive media support to promote the concept of social distancing, the situation with regard to social distancing would not be better in future than what it is today .
There is genuine fear that further relaxation of the lockdown will lead to people taking the situation for granted and crowding themselves in streets and everywhere. This could be the possible immediate negative result of relaxation of lockdown, which would undo the gains achieved during the 21 day lockdown period.
Why relaxation necessary ?
The consequence of continuing the lockdown even at the present condition could be grave, as the self employed persons like vendors ,plumbers, auto drivers , small automobile workshops etc. as well as poor senior citizens, visually impaired / differently abled people who are millions in number all over the country , would be hit to intolerable level for day today survival. While the government has so far managed to buy peace with the people in distress conditions, by extending freebies and rupee transfer, this cannot be done to the same extent anymore as the government would run out of funds.
Further extending the lockdown period in the present manner may lead to protest and social unrest, particularly amongst the poorer section of the society.
Therefore, it is absolutely important that economic activity should be allowed to resume gradually even at slow rate , to give a feeling of hope to the people.
Phase down schedule in stages :
Government has to relax the lockdown gradually and carefully and this should be reviewed once in fifteen days to decide about further relaxation based on experience.
Suggestions for action between 15th April to 30th April
1. While the present status of partial lock down should be broadly maintained, the following further relaxation should be carried out
2. There are many companies in the field of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, food processing , electronic goods, research institutes, quality control labs etc. which are operating under strict safety parameters even in normal times and they should be allowed to resume operation irrespective of the number of employees. In such companies, observance of ecologically safe procedures is a pre condition for observing the specification of the end products and achieving results and therefore, they would be working in virus free conditions. Of course, management of these companies should be asked to give guarantee to the government that they operate at virus free conditions.
If any company would not be in a position to guarantee virus free condition, then it should not be allowed to operate.
3. All organisations / companies in private and public sector which have total manpower strength of 50 or less should be allowed to resume operations. Each employee should compulsorily wear a mask and the working space between the employees should be kept at minimum of three feet. The employers should be asked to give a guarantee to the government in writing that this stipulation would be strictly observed.
4. All organisations/ companies with employee strength of more than fifty should be allowed to operate, if those actually at the work spot would be less than fifty in number and others working from home to the extent possible.
5. For local transport, the vehicle owners, autorickshaws, taxis should be allowed to ply , carrying only maximum of three passengers at a time for the cars / taxis , maximum of two passengers for autorickshaws. Pillion riding in two wheelers should not be allowed.
6. For comparatively low paid workers , the companies should be asked to arrange transport for them or reimburse the transport expenses for taxis / autorickshaws, if the services of such low paid workers are indispensable.
7 .To start with , domestic flights should be permitted with each passenger being asked to produce a health certificate from a doctor. Number of passengers in each aircraft should also be restricted to maintain social distance.
Above steps have to be taken in the first stage of relaxation of lockdown from 15th April,2020 to 30th April,2020. (15 days)
While the above steps will not immediately result in any significant expansion of economic activities, they would be needed first step for initiation of lockdown relaxation in phases.
Strategies that need to continue during 15th April,to 30th April:
All places of worship ,should be barred from visitors
All places of entertainments such as cinema theatres, parks/amusement parks / etc. should be barred from operation.
All schools and colleges should continue to remain closed
All public meetings , demonstrations should be barred .
Existing 144 rule to prevent crowding of people should continue to be strictly enforced and the violators punished.
Stretegically important companies :
In Singapore , strategically important companies have been carefully identified and have been given exemption from general conditions of lockdown under strict supervision.
In India, there are many software companies who serve as "back office " for many large multinational companies. In the event of the back office not functioning in India, the operation of several companies abroad could be severely disturbed. This condition poses the threat of Indian software companies losing the global market share. This aspect has to be carefully looked into.
The benefits :
With the existing relaxed lockdown continuing and the above suggestions for further relaxation being implemented, there will be semblance of economic activity which can be further enhanced gradually over a period based on the developing situation.
These suggestions need to be implemented to keep the morale of the people high ,which is an essential requirement for a stable and progressive society.
Difference in view of central and state governments :
With the political scenario in India being what it is, it is possible that some of the state governments run by opposition parties may defy Government of India's directive. Country cannot afford a confrontation between central and state governments at this stage. Therefore, central government may ask the state governments to treat it's suggestions as advisory in nature and proceed according to it's decision.
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