Mann ki Baat: Covid not over yet, warns PM Modi

The coronavirus pandemic is not over yet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned during the 83rd episode of his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme Sunday. He also urged people to remain vigilant and adopt all possible precautions to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.

“Never forget that corona has not gone yet. It is our responsibility to take all precautions,” PM Modi said during the address. The prime minister’s warning comes at a time when the world is grappling with the emergence of the deadly ‘Omicron’ variant, which was first reported in South Africa. Yesterday, PM Modi chaired a high-level conference with top officials to discuss the possible impact of the new variant as well as mitigation strategies.

PM Modi began the episode by paying tribute to the armed forces, noting that the 50th anniversary celebrations of India’s victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war will take place next month. “In two days, the month of December is commencing. The country celebrates Navy Day and Armed Forces Flag Day. We all know that on 16th December, the country is also celebrating the golden jubilee year of the 1971 war,” the prime minister said.“On this occasion, I want to remember our armed forces, our soldiers. Especially, the brave mothers who gave birth to these heroes.”

The prime minister went on to laud the impact that various government schemes have had over the years. He also spoke to two beneficiaries of the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat health scheme, who were able to avail of life-saving treatments under the scheme.

PM Modi also paid tribute to BR Ambedkar, whose death anniversary falls on December 6. “Baba Saheb had devoted his entire life for the fulfillment of his duties for the country and society. We should never forget that the basic spirit of our constitution expects from all of us to discharge our duties,” he said.

Continuing with the theme of conservation, which he has spoken about in previous episodes of his radio programme, PM Modi urged people to protect nature. “We are threatened by nature only when we disturb its balance or destroy its purity,” he explained. “Nature follows us like a mother and also fills our world with new colours.”

Highlighting instances where communities across the country have actively worked towards preserving their natural heritage, the prime minister said it was essential for people to adopt lifestyles that promote living in harmony with nature and protecting natural resources.

He hailed the progress India has made in the startup space. “This is the era of startup and it is also true that today in the field of startups in a way India is leading the world,” he said. “Year after year starts ups are getting record investments. This sector is growing at a very fast pace. Even in small cities of the country the reach of start ups has increased. Now-a-days the word Unicorn is very much discussed.”

PM Modi went on to highlight how people across the country were celebrating India’s 75th year of independence. “Delhi recently celebrated ‘Azaadi Ki Kahaani Bacchon Ki Zubani’ with children through beautiful poems in which children from Nepal, Mauritius, Tanzania, New Zealand and Fiji also participated, putting forth their creativity and India’s history in the most dynamic way,” he said.

He also spoke about the significance of places like Jhansi in India’s freedom struggle. “Heroes like Rani Laxmibai and Jhalkari Bai also took place here and Khel Ratna like Major Dhyan Chand has also been given by this region to the country,” PM Modi said.

In the previous episode of the show, which was aired on October 24, PM Modi lauded India’s crossing the 100-crore vaccine doses milestone, and said that the achievement shows that the success of any scheme can be achieved with everyone’s effort.

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