Calling Covid-19 an “invisible enemy” challenging the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned rural India against rapid spread of infections and said every government department was fighting the pandemic with all its might, working day and night to ease the nation’s pain.
“As the prime minister of this country, I feel every loss my countrymen feel… India is not a nation that loses hope in tough times. I am sure that we will overcome this challenge with our strength and dedication,” Modi said, releasing the eighth instalment under PM-Kisan scheme of Rs 2,000 each to over 9.5 crore farmers, including over 7 lakh from West Bengal for the first time.
On the Covid-19 menace in rural areas, the PM urged village panchayats to ensure awareness and sanitation and made a strong pitch for vaccination. “The Centre, along with state governments, is ensuring Covid vaccines reach citizens as quickly as possible. We are driving the largest vaccination drive. One way of defeating the virus is by taking the Covid vaccine. Over 18 crore people have already been vaccinated so far,” he added.
With the country having seen widespread suffering due to lack of hospital facilities , struggles for oxygen supplies and a large death toll, the PM said, “I feel your pain, being your pradhan sevak, I am with you when you are going through pain and suffering.”