Addressing the people in the monthly “Mann Ki Baat” programme broadcast on the All India Radio network, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the battle against Coronavirus is being fiercely waged in the country through collective efforts. He urged people to be more alert and careful in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic even as a major segments of the Indian economy has been opened up.
Prime Minister said, 200 train services have resumed with adequate precautionary measures. He added that air services have also resumed and industry too is returning to normalcy. He cautioned that there should be no laxity and suggested people to maintain two yards distancing, wear face masks and stay at home to the extent possible. Mr. Modi stressed that after so many hardships, the country’s deft handling of the situation should not go in vain.
The Indian Prime Minister hailed the spirit of service shown by our people and called it the biggest strength. He said, we are familiar with the dictum- ‘Sewa Paramo Dharmah’; service is a joy in itself. Expressing his deepest regards for the medical personnel across the country, the Prime Minister hailed the spirit of service on part of the doctors, nursing staff, sanitation workers, police personnel and media persons of the country. He also praised the remarkable work of Women Self Help Groups during this crisis.
He cited the examples of common countrymen like KC Mohan of Tamil Nadu, Gautam Das of Agartala, Raju a Divyang from Pathankot, who went out of their way despite limited means to help others in this time of crisis. He added that numerous stories of perseverance of women’s self- help groups are coming to the fore from all corners of the country.
Mr. Modi also commended the efforts of individuals for playing a very proactive role in dealing with this pandemic. He gave the example of Rajendra Yadav of Nashik who devised a sanitization machine attached to his tractor. Many shopkeepers have installed big pipe lines in their shops to adhere to the ‘do gaz ki doori’.
Sharing his pain at the sufferings and hardships of people due the pandemic, Prime Minister said, Coronavirus has afflicted the underprivileged labourers and workers the most. The Centre, State Governments, each and every department and institution are working hand in hand for relief at full speed. He stated that the entire country understands and feels what they are going through and everyone from the centre, states, to local governance bodies are toiling round the clock. Prime Minister said government has taken several steps in this direction. He added that recent decisions taken by the Centre have opened up vast possibilities of village employment, self-employment and small scale industry. He expressed confidence the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ campaign will take the country to greater heights in this decade.
The Prime Minister reinstated that during the present Corona pandemic, people everywhere want to know more about ‘Yoga’ and ‘Ayurveda’ and adopt it as a way of life. He advocated Yoga for “community, immunity and unity”. He said that during the present Corona pandemic, Yoga has become more important, because this virus affects the respiratory system. In yoga, there are many types of Pranayama that strengthen the respiratory system and the beneficial effects have been witnessed for long.
The Prime Minister praised the efforts of the government in combating the pandemic and took pride in sharing that the beneficiaries of ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme crossed over one crore.
The Prime Minister said that at one point we are fighting Coronavirus and also disasters like Cyclone Amphan. He lauded the courage of the people of West Bengal and Odisha in combating the super cyclone Amphan. He sympathized with the losses suffered by farmers in states that faced locust attacks. The ordeal they faced and the manner in which they showed their grit and determination is commendable, he said.
The Prime Minister underlined the need for the current generation to go in for realizing their responsibility to save water as well. He stressed on the need to save Rain water and said everyone must strive for water conservation. He also requested countrymen to serve nature this ‘Environment Day’ by planting some trees and making resolutions in order to forge a daily relationship with nature. He said that Lockdown has slowed down life but it has given an opportunity to look at nature properly and wild animals have begun to come out more.
Script: Kaushik Roy, AIR: News Analyst