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The country bravely fought the first wave of Covid-19, will emerge victorious in the second round: PM Modi | India News

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NEW DELHI: The country fought “bravely” against the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and will emerge “victorious” in its ongoing fight against the virus during the second wave, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday.
“In the form of the corona pandemic, we are continually being tested. This is a crisis that has affected the entire world, so many people have lost their loved ones. Even the big countries were not spared from its devastation, ”Modi said on his monthly radio show ‘Mann ki Baat’.
He stressed that no matter how great the challenge, the country’s ‘vijay sankalp’ (resolve to succeed) has always risen to the challenge. “Our collective strength and our spirit of service has always rescued the country from all storms,” ​​he said.
During the program, he spoke with three people involved in transporting oxygen cylinders and containers through railways, highways, and airways, and heard about their experience and challenges during the recent crisis when many parts of the country faced severe oxygen shortages from medical degree. He also noted that the government completed seven years in office and highlighted flagship initiatives, including electrical connections to all households and Jal Jeevan’s mission to provide tap water to all rural households. “In the midst of this pandemic, India is moving forward with determination of service and cooperation,” he added.
Modi pointed to the plan to provide tap water connection to all rural households in the country by 2024 under the Jal Jeevan Mission and said it had made great progress without interruption during the pandemic. “In the seven decades after independence, only 3.5 million rural households in our country had water connections. However, in the last 21 months, drinking water connections have been provided to houses for 4.5 million rupees. Of these, 15 months were of the crown period ”, he added.
The prime minister also highlighted the contribution of farmers and the agricultural sector during the pandemic. “The agricultural sector was largely protected from this attack. Not only did it stay safe, but the sector also progressed, moving forward. Farmers produced record production, and this time the country acquired record numbers of crops. This time, in many places, farmers have gotten more than the minimum subsistence price for mustard, ”he said.
Noting that India was able to support all citizens due to the record cereal production, he said: “Today, 800 million disadvantaged citizens are receiving free rations in this hour of crisis. Therefore, that day never occurs in a needy home when the stove is not on. ”



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