Using the amount from the State Disaster Response Fund(SDRF) to fight COVID-19. The Centre will release ₹11,000 crore from the SDRF by the end of April.
Rapid disbursement of grants under the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana.
Recruitment of volunteers from the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and the National Service Scheme (NSS) in the effort to combat the crisis.
Coordination between NGOs and crisis management groups and sharing of strategies.
Promotion and use of traditional immunity boosting methods mentioned in Ayurveda to minimise the number of people with weak immunity. The Ministry of AYUSH has also issued an advisory regarding this.
Scientists on Lockdown
Lockdown is only a temporary solution and this period should be used to prepare the healthcare system to avoid its social costs and to realise long-term epidemiological benefits.
The government needs to reveal a post-lockdown plan that will ensure that the rate of new infections is kept low in a sustainable manner after the lockdown ends.
Social distancing and better hygiene are helpful yet insufficient measures by themselves.
If the lockdown period will not be used responsibly, it might lead to a possible bounce-back effect.
The current restricted testing-policy creates the risk that a large number of mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic cases will remain undetected even at the end of the lockdown period.
These cases could easily serve as the nucleus for the epidemic to bounce back.
The problem of reverse migration (from cities to sub-urban/rural areas) has also been highlighted. The exodus triggered by the lockdown will rapidly spread the virus to all parts of the country.
This can lead to both an epidemiological and a humanitarian crisis.
Instead of stopping the reverse migration, the forces should be used to stock up food-grains, ensure fast cash transfers for the food-security and welfare of workers.
Scientists have offered their complete support to the people and possible expertise in combating this disease and in ensuring that the country emerges from this difficult period with as little loss of life as possible.