Mann Ki Baat: Fight against Covid-19 is people-driven, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday in his 11th Episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat 2.0‘ radio programme said that the fight against coronavirus in India is people-driven, he said “India’s fight against Corona is people-driven, in the truest sense of the term. In India it is the people who are fighting the Corona; it is you who are putting up a fight …..along with the people, the government and the administration are fighting as well. A vast country such as India, with its proactive endeavor on the path of development is fighting a decisive battle against poverty. This is the only medium it possesses to fight the Corona and triumph over it. And we are fortunate that today the whole country; each and every citizen of the country; every person is a soldier in this battle; nay, leading the battle. Cast a glance anywhere, you’ll notice that India’s fight is people driven…at a time when the whole world is trying to extricate itself from the clutches of this pandemic. In future when it will be dwelt upon in hindsight; when ways and means will be reflected upon, I do believe that India’s people driven fight will also be touched upon.”

Informing the nation about the steps taken by the government for the welfare of the poor amid the coronavirus pandemic, PM Modi said, “Money is being directly transferred into the accounts of the poor, as part of the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Package. Old age pension has been started. The poor are being provided facilities like free of cost gas cylinders and rations for three months.”

“In all these activities, different government departments and banking sector personnel are working together round the clock as a team. And I would also like to commend our state governments for playing a very proactive role in dealing with this pandemic,” PM added.

PM Modi further said, “The responsibilities being borne by local administrations and state governments are critical in the fight against Corona. Their hard work is worthy of commendation.”

PM Modi also talked about the satisfaction expressed by the medical personnel across the country after the ordinance was passed by his govt. Modi said, “medical services personnel across the country have expressed satisfaction with the ordinance that has been issued recently. This ordinance provides for stringent punishment for those harassing or injuring or indulging in violence against Corona warriors. This step was critical to ensure the safety of our doctors, nurses, para-medical staff, community health workers and all such personnel who are working round the clock to ensure a Corona-free India.”

Talking about masks and their impact on Indian culture, PM said, “In the changed paradigm due to Corona, masks are becoming a part of our lives. We were never used to seeing so many people around us in masks, but we are now getting used to that reality. However, it does not mean that all those wearing a mask are sick. And when I talk of masks, I am reminded of something. You might also remember this. There was a time when in many parts of our country, if we saw someone buying fruits in our neighbourhood, we would enquire about their health. So – buying fruits meant illness. That was the notion back then. But times have changed and this paradigm too has shifted. Similarly we are going to see a change in attitude towards masks as well. Mark my words, masks will now become a symbol of cultured society. If you want to save yourself and others from disease, you will have to wear a mask.”

Asking people to take precautions and not to get caught in the trap of over-confidence and not to harbor a feeling that if corona has not yet reached their city, village, street or office, it is not going to reach now. PM Modi said, “Fire, Debt and Illness, if taken lightly, grow again at the first opportunity, assuming dangerous proportions- so it is important to treat them completely! Therefore, in over-enthusiasm, there should be no negligence at the local level or elsewhere. We will always have to remain cautious. And, I will reiterate, ‘Maintain a distance of two yards and keep yourself healthy!’.”