India's fight against COVID-19 is people driven, says PM Modi

Cast a glance anywhere, you'll notice that India's fight is people driven at time when world is trying to extricate itself from clutches of pandemic says PM. "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". Through the medium of this platform, the government has linked volunteers of social organizations, representatives of civil society and local administration with each other, the PM said.

The Prime Minister said from arranging food for the needy, to supply of rations, compliance of lockdown, from arrangements in hospitals to manufacturing medical equipments indigenously, entire nation is marching ahead together. "If you want to save yourself and others from disease, you will have to wear a mask".

Ending his address, PM Modi said that the country observed many festivals such as Bihu, Baisakhi, Puthandu, Vishu and Odia New Year which how people celebrated these festivals staying indoors, with great simplicity while wishing well for society. Therefore, in over-enthusiasm, there should be no negligence at the local level or elsewhere.

"The police personnel have endeared themselves to the public through their outreach to people in distress and distribution of food", Modi said, adding that earlier the police evoked a negative image among people.

"Another awareness that has been created due to Coronavirus is that spitting is a bad habit and poses grave dangers for health". Underlining the Government's committment to help the needy and poor, the Prime Minister said, money is being directly transferred into the accounts of the poor, as part of the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Package. "If the present lockdown continues for some time, people maintain their personal hygenie and take precautions, the virus spread will totally come down in the days to come", he pointed out.

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" COVID-19 has brought several positive changes to the way we work, our lifestyle and our habits", Modi said, "One of the first changes is using masks and keeping our faces covered".

"PM Modi in his "Mann ki Baat" has said that the battle against coronavirus has to be won within one month".

Additionally, the PM thanked all those who were working during the COVID-19 outbreak, to ensure the essential needs of the people were fulfilled. We will always have to remain cautious. He appealed to abide by the dictum "Do gaaj ki doori, bahoot hein jarrori" ( physical distancing of two yards is very important) in social manners and interactions.

He also appreciated the role of community leaders in the campaign against the disease.

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