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On Day 1 of Total Lockdown, I Waited Hrs to Get Milk at Chhatarpur

People were asking for 2-3 packets of butter, but the shopkeeper was giving only one packet to one individual.

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A few hours after India went into total lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak, I decided to step out on Wednesday, 25 March, morning to buy some groceries in New Delhi’s Chhatarpur area.

I needed a some milk packets, so I went to the supermarket. I was given a token slip by the guard and was informed by him that it would take at least an hour for me to get into the store to buy the stuff. Along with me, there were others also waiting for their turn to come.

Despite assurances from the government, that the supply of essential commodities would continue, I could see that people were rushing to buy groceries.

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People were asking for two-three packets of butter, but the shopkeeper was giving only one packet per individual, which is a good step, I think, to ensure that every person who goes to him is catered (to).

I feel, people should not panic and buy what is needed and not stock up. This way, others too will get basic supplies. Twenty-one days of lockdown will not be easy, but we need to try and adjust. Hopefully, this thing ends soon, so that normalcy is restored in the country.

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