Thiruvananthapuram: Finance minister Dr Thomas Isaac criticised the Prime Minister's call for switching off all lights and lighting lamps. Turning off electricity consumption all at once could be harmful for the National Grid, the power distribution system. Considering the present situation, the prime minister should better correct his request to turn off lights and light lamps, he added.
There is no problem in lighting lamps or torch as a message of unity amid the crisis of COVID-19. But we will have to work hard to resist COVID-19 and to restore the economy. So, the prime minister should correct himself, Thomas Isaac said in a Facebook post.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had requested the people to switch off power lights on March 5 Sunday and to light lamps as a symbolic fight against the COVID-19. He asked the people to turn off lights at 9 pm for 9 minutes and to light lamps or torch. Following this, many have warned of failure of the power distribution system.
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