BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the nation through the 64th episode of his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat. He said that India’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic was ‘people-driven.’
“City or a village, everywhere we can see people involved in the fight against the pandemic. While some are feeding the poor, others are selling land to raise money for this fight, yet others are contributing their pension,” PM Modi said.
Notably, this was PM Modi’s second Mann Ki Baat address during the COVID-19 lockdown. His first episode after the lockdown came on March 29, four days after the lockdown came into effect after being announced the previous night.
In his previous address, he had apologised for putting the nation through hardship, but stressed that lockdown was the only way to ‘keep the country safe.’
Speaking today, the Prime Minister said that ‘every Indian citizen is a soldier in this war,’ adding that in years to come, the world will talk about how India’s fight against coronavirus was ‘people-driven.’
He also praised the state governments for their handling of the crisis and talked about the recent ordinance, which was brought by his government for protection of doctors and healthcare professionals from incidents of violence against them during the pandemic.
“The state governments of the country have also acted with great responsibility in this, managing the situation round the clock… I have been in continuous touch with the states on how the fight against Corona should progress in India. Everyone has suggested that the lockdown should be continued. Many states have in fact already decided and declared to continue the lockdown,” he said.
During his speech he also urged people not to spit in public as it causes many disease.
“We always knew that spitting in public places is wrong. Yet, it continued in places. Now is the best time to ensure we do not spit,” PM Modi said.
“This will increase basic hygiene and strengthen the fight against COVID-19,” added the Prime Minister, who earlier warned that the highly contagious virus will bring about a permanent change in the way people live.