Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Mann ki Baat address on Sunday, said India's fight against coronavirus was people-driven as he congratulated Indians for joining forces with the administration to battle the pandemic. Read top highlights from PM Modi's Mann ki Baat address here.
PM Modi Warns Against Negligence in Closing Speech | In his closing Mann Ki Baat speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushes for more vigilance from citizens and encourages people to maintain social distancing. "We should not be overconfident. We should not presume that COVID-19 will not enter our homes, offices and colonies. We have to stay vigilant. We should ensure that we are never negligent. I appeal to you again. 'Do gajj doori, haut hai Zaroori, (Two meter distance is of utmost importance)," PM Modi says.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi throws light on how the coronavirus pandemic has changed celebrations around festivals. He says, "Today we are celebrating Akshay Tritiya, which reminds us that no matter how trying times be, we will keep fighting. The month of Ramzan has begun. Last time during Ramzan we never imagined that something like this will happen. We have to be more resilient and reserved during this Ramzan so that we can celebrate Eid when it comes."
PM Modi Says Wearing Masks Would be the New Normal | Urging citizens to adapt to wearing masks as part of a new way of life, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, "We need to wear marks. It has become a part of our daily lives. It has not happened before. But this is the new reality. Our perception about masks will change very soon. We are also realising that spitting has become hazardous. We have always been aware of it but we never cared. But now we have to work to end this habit."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks Indians to fall back on "ancient teachings" during the fight against coronavirus. "Over the last few days India has taken many steps that have helped many countries. During this period we do not need to help everyone but we chose to help our friends. We have helped many countries with their medical needs. Many world leaders have thanked the people of india for the help we have extended. People around the world are falling back to Ayurveda and Yoga to fight COVID-19. We need to be more confident about our old teachings. Our youth have to carry forward these teachings," PM Modi says.
"Our society has changed. We are realising new factors everyday. We are finding new ways to appreciate people who have been helping us. Many on social media are acknowledging the work being done by our coronavirus warriors. Our perception about our police have also changed significantly. This change in perception will play a huge role in future," Prime Minister Narendra Modi says during Mann Ki Baat.
Referring to the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance 2020, which amends the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and provides for compensation for injury to healthcare service personnel or for causing damage or loss to property, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, "Many health care workers have hailed the latest ordinance brought in to protect them. This law was necessary to protect our doctors and nurses."
PM Modi Bows Down to People of India in Praise | "I bow and respect the 130 crore people of this country for what they are doing during this time. Every sector has been innovating during this period. Whether it is people from Aviation or Railways, they are all working to make our lives easier. They are working hard to deliver medicines and other essentials to all parts of the country," PM Narendra Modi says during Mann Ki Baat.
PM Modi Hails Farmers | Prime Minister Narendra Modi goes on to heap praises on the farmers who are toiling hard to meet food demands of the country at a time when there is a nationwide lockdown in place. "Our farmers are working day and night in their fields to ensure that no one goes hungry. There are people who are giving up rents and there are people who are giving up their pension," PM Modi says in Mann Ki Baat.
PM Modi Says India's Fight Against Covid-19 People-Driven | In his opening speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that India's fight against COVID-19 is people-driven. "People of our country are fighting this war with the administration. We are also fighting poverty. I am proud that all of us are part of it. All of us are soldiers in this fight," PM Modi says.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 11am today in the 64th edition of his monthly programme ‘Mann ki Baat’ amid the coronavirus pandemic in the country. Follow live updates on coronavirus pandemic here.
Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's last 'Mann Ki Baat' address, a second phase of nationwide lockdown has been imposed which is set to end on May 3. The Centre has also announced some relaxations in the lockdown rules including opening neighbourhood and stand-alone shops providing non-essential goods and services but with certain conditions.
RECAP of 63rd 'Mann ki Baat' | In his last Mann Ki Baat address, PM Narendra Modi had apologised to the nation for imposing the nationwide lockdown but justified the step, saying it was needed to ‘win this battle’. “I apologise for taking these harsh steps which have caused difficulties in your lives, especially the poor people. I know some of you would be angry with me also. But these tough measures were needed to win this battle,” he had said.
Last Episode Aired on March 29 | 'Mann Ki Baat' is a radio programme hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in which he addresses the nation on All India Radio, DD National and DD News. Since the first show on October 3, 2014, there have been 63 episodes. The 63rd episode was aired on March 29, 2020 soon after the nationwide lockdown was imposed to check the spread of coronavirus.
In last episode of 'Mann Ki Baat', Prime Minister Narendra Modi had focussed on the situation prevailing in the country due to the deadly COVID-19. PM Modi had on March 24 announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of COVID-19. The lockdown was later extended till May 3.
64th Edition PM Modi's 'Mann ki Baat' Today | Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 11am today in the 64th edition of his monthly programme ‘Mann ki Baat’ amid the coronavirus pandemic in the country. "Have been getting several insightful inputs for this month's #MannKiBaat. Do tune at 11 am tomorrow," PM Narendra Modi had tweeted yesterday.