Modi said `increasing negligence in personal and social behaviour’ had been observed, especially in regards to wearing masks and physical distancing.
This could scuttle India’s efforts to get outbreak under control, he said.
“Today, when we need to be more careful, increasing negligence is a cause of worry,’’ Modi said in an address to the nation, as he warned people against disobeying national directives in force to fight the outbreak.
“This is a serious matter and we must maintain discipline. People who are not following the rules will need to be stopped and cautioned. Nobody is above rules in India, be it a village head or prime minister,’’ he said.
There has been a huge spike in coronavirus infections from the 190,000 cases in total on June 1, when restrictions first began to be eased
On Tuesday, the total number of infections crossed 560,000, adding some 20,000 cases everyday, with nearly 17,000 deaths linked to COVID-19.
Modi also said his government will extend a free foodgrain distribution scheme for 800 million poor people until the end of November.
He said the foodgrain scheme will cost the government an additional 900 billion rupees (12 billion dollars), taking the total expenditure on the scheme to 1.5 trillion rupees.
Edited By: Halima Sheji/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)