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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

    Need To Give Importance To Economy, Fight COVID-19: PM Modi

    PM Modi said that efforts of states should be directed towards converting the red zones into orange and thereafter to green zones

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 27th, 2020 interacted with Chief Ministers of states via video conferencing to discuss the emerging situation and plan ahead for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. This was the fourth such interaction of the Prime Minister with the Chief Ministers, the earlier ones had been held on March 20th, April 2nd,11th, 2020.

    Prime Minister Modi underlined that the lockdown has yielded positive results as the country has managed to save thousands of lives in the past one and a half months. He added that India’s population is comparable to that of the combined population of several countries.

    “We have to give importance to the economy as well as continue the fight against COVID-19,” Modi said. He emphasized the importance of usage of technology as much as possible and also to utilize time to embrace reform measures.

    “The situation in many countries, including India, was almost similar at the start of March. However, due to timely measures, India has been able to protect many people,” he added.

    He, however, forewarned that the danger of the virus is far from over and constant vigilance is of paramount importance.

    Modi said that the country has seen two lockdowns till now, both different in certain aspects, and now we have to think of the way ahead.

    He said that as per experts, the impact of coronavirus will remain visible in the coming months. Reiterating the mantra of do gaz doori, he said that masks and face covers will become part of our lives in the days ahead.

    The Prime Minister added that under the circumstances, everyone’s aim must be the rapid response. He pointed out that many people are self-declaring whether they have cough and cold or symptoms, and that this is a welcome sign.

    Modi emphasized on the significance of ensuring that more people download the AarogyaSetu app to bolster the efforts of the country in the battle against COVID-19. 

    “We have to be brave and bring in reforms that touch the lives of common citizens. People associated with Universities can be integrated on devising ways to fight the pandemic and strengthen research as well as innovation,” Modi said.

    He highlighted the importance for states to enforce guidelines strictly in the hotspots i.e. the red zone areas. He stated that the efforts of the states should be directed towards converting the red zones into orange and thereafter to green zones.

    On the issue of getting back Indians who are overseas, Modi said that this has to be done keeping in mind the fact that they don’t get inconvenienced and their families are not under any risk.

    Prime Minister also urged Chief Ministers to factor in the changes in weather – the advent of summer and monsoon – and the illnesses that can potentially come in this season, while strategizing ahead.

    The Chief Ministers also highlighted the efforts undertaken by them in containing the virus. They spoke about the need to keep a close vigil on international borders, and also on addressing the economic challenge and ways to further boost health infrastructure.

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