The second wave of Covid-19 wreaked havoc in India during April-May, due to which the people of the country also saw a lack of confidence in the central government, but since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation on June 7. The direction seems to be improving. This has come to the fore in the latest data of the IANS / CVoter Kovid Tracker Survey. The confidence of the citizens of the country about the credibility and capacity of the central government to deal with the deadly virus, which stood at 66.3 per cent on March 16 this year, witnessed a sharp decline in mid-May. In the COVID tracker data collected on May 10, only 32.4 per cent of the respondents expressed their confidence in the ability of the central government to deal with the worst crisis of the century. The tracker revealed that the net rating had dropped from 66.3 per cent to 32.4 per cent within eight weeks of the rise in the Covid infection and death rate in the country. According to the IANS/CVoter Covid Tracker, the overall approval rating of the central government to deal with the pandemic improved to 52.1 per cent on June 16. This jump in public perception was seen after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation on June 7, when he announced a slew of measures to tackle the pandemic. However, this boom is limited only to the issue of Kovid crisis and vaccination. The overall satisfaction rating with the government is still on a long recovery curve, with the tracker showing that it closed the slide in the third week of May, when it hit the 35 percentage points mark on May 17 and 40 per cent in the last week. crossed over. The real improvement started showing on 7 June, when the net rating crossed the 45 per cent mark before finally crossing the 50 per cent mark on 13 June on tackling the Covid. The IANS/CVoter Covid Tracker shows that this trust deficit began to subside and things began to improve in favor of the government after the first week of June, when Modi announced free Covid vaccine shots for all. The Prime Minister, in his address to the nation, had announced that the Center would take over the responsibility of immunization against COVID-19 and would provide free vaccines to all Indians aged 18 years and above from June 21. The Prime Minister announced that the central government would procure the vaccines and give them to the states free of cost as part of the centralized immunization drive. The IANS/CVoter Covid Tracker data shows that this decision of the central government has played a vital role in clearing the confusion regarding the vaccination campaign in the country. Similarly, the data shows that it acted as damage control to win back people’s confidence in providing free ration to 80 crore poor people till Diwali to ease the hardships caused by the lockdown and restricted economic activities. . The Central Government’s decision to extend the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana till Diwali had a huge impact and helped in winning the trust of the people. This helped a lot in damage control. Data from the IANS/CVoter Kovid Tracker showed that almost every 10th person in the workforce is still out of work and even among those who have returned to work, almost half of the employees have worked in the pre-Covid period. I have raised concerns about loss of income (salary deduction). The current expansion of the free ration initiative till Diwali is likely to cover the income gap to a great extent, as the vast majority of people living near the bottom of the pyramid, the poverty line, spend their earnings mainly on rations. Another major decision of the central government, which played a big role in the confidence-boosting measures, is to cancel the Class XII board examinations conducted by CBSE. In the IANS-CVoter snap poll conducted just after the decision, around 56 per cent people have upheld the government’s decision, while nearly a third appeared unsure about its impact. Very few respondents said that they have rejected the decision to cancel the board exams. The IANS/CVoter Covid Tracker data clearly states that the Modi government’s net approval rating has started improving especially since June 7 to deal with the Kovid crisis. The net rating improvement of around 15 per cent since mid-May clearly shows that the government is on damage control mode. However, the Center will have to do a lot of work on the health infrastructure and allied areas to win the confidence of the people and allay the fears of a third wave of COVID-19.
[Attribution to NBT]