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India Fighting “Invisible Enemy” With All Its Strength, Says Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Covid Challenge | India News


NEW DELHI: Calling Covid-19 an “invisible enemy” that is challenging the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday his government he was fighting this once-in-a-century pandemic “with all his might” and ensuring that all government departments worked day and night to ease the pain of the nation.
“As Prime Minister of this country, I feel every loss that my compatriots feel. India is not a nation that loses hope in difficult times. I am sure that we will overcome this challenge with our strength and dedication,” he said after publishing the eighth delivery of the financial benefit under the PM-Kisan scheme to more than 9.5 million rupees farmers, including more than 7.03 lakh from West Bengal.
More than Rs 20,667 million were directly transferred to farmers’ bank accounts. Farmers in West Bengal received the aid for the first time since the scheme was launched in February 2019. Farmers in West Bengal were given two quotas of Rs 2,000 each, amounting to more than Rs 281 million, to West Bengal farmers in one go.
With PM-Kisan, all land-owning farming families receive Rs 6,000 each per year in three equal installments. Although farmers in all states / UTs had been receiving the amount since 2019, as their respective governments joined the scheme, the West Bengal government did not. The state had joined the plan just days before the recent assembly elections. The remaining shipowners in the state will also get the benefit of PM-Kisan in due course once the West Bengal government shares their verified details with the Ministry of Agriculture.
Underlining that Covid-19 is now also spreading in rural areas, PM Modi, addressing farmers, urged the village panchayats to ensure proper awareness and sanitation in their respective areas.
Asking everyone to go get vaccinated, he said: “The Center together with state governments is making sure that Covid vaccines reach citizens as quickly as possible. We are driving the largest vaccination campaign.”
One way to defeat the virus is by taking the Covid vaccine. More than 18 million million people have already been vaccinated so far, the prime minister added.
He also called on state governments to secure strict laws to counter black marketing of drugs and medical supplies. “The government is dedicated to making Covid hospitals and Covid care centers, oxygen plants with the latest technology are being installed. The armed forces are working with all their might to ensure the supply of oxygen in these difficult times,” he said.

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