The nation is facing the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic with indomitable courage and indefatigable spirit. The people are united in their determination to defeat the pandemic and the reaching out to those in need with every kind of help and support showing the united spirit of the nation. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been continuously working to mobilize relief to the affected people by interacting with concerned groups and individuals. Apart from interacting with the chief ministers of the affected groups in a series of meetings earlier, the Prime Minister has also interacted with State and Districts officials, group of doctors across the country and manufacturers of medicines and vaccines and chaired various high level meetings to speed up the relief works. As the entire nation stood united, the intensity of the pandemic has started showing declining trends showing the signs that the second wave will be contained within a short time.
The Modi government has taken many initiatives to ensure supply of oxygen, required medical equipments and medicines apart from providing food grains to 80 crore people across the country to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. The centre has made available 17,755 oxygen concentrators, 15,961, cylinders, 19 oxygen plants and 12,913 ventilators received as assistance from different countries/organization to various states. At the same time 1.5 lac unit of oxycare systems are being procured under PM-Cares funds. In addition to these, 21.80 crore vaccine doses have been provided to the states to speed up the world’s largest and fastest vaccination drive. The result can be seen in the availability of oxygen, medical equipments, medicines and vaccines for the people across the country.
While the lockdowns announced by various state governments have slowed down life across the country but the farmers have been making India proud by their achievements even in the face of pandemic. In the year 2020-21, India has exported record 20 MT of rice in continuation of the last year trend when the export was doubled to 17.7 MT. Such achievements are the results of continuous encouragement by Modi government to the farmers which has enthused them with new energy and determination. The transfer of 20,000 crore to the accounts of 9.5 cror e farmers as eighth instalment under PM-KISAN is one such initiative which has empowered farmers across the nation with cash availability for their farming and other needs. The record procurement of wheat and rice is another such example which has not only rescued the farmers from the clutches of middlemen by transferring payment directly to the farmers but also provided the farmers with 50% more than their investment in the crops. The historic hike in the subsidy of DAP will further empower farmers in the country.
While the people are united in their fight against the pandemic, the nation is proud of its doctors, nurses, medical staffs, lab technicians, administrative officials and Corona warriors for waging the fight relentlessly even in the face of their own personal risks. The industrial sector, pharma sector and vaccine manufacturers have shown a rare unity in mobilising their strength to tide of the pandemic by supplying oxygen, medicines and vaccines on war level. At the same time it is highly unfortunate to note that a section of opposition led by Congress has tried to create panic in the country to serve their vested political interests. While it was the time to express solidarity with the sufferings of people by extending them all kinds of support in the fight against the pandemic the Congress has chosen to play politics in this hour of national crisis. The BJP is proud of its karyklartas who have rededicated themselves to the goals of ‘Seva Hi Sangathan-2’ and carried out massive relief works across the nation. There is no doubt that united spirit of nation will defeat the Covid-19 pandemic.