New Delhi, June 27: Cautioning people that the threat of COVID-19 remains, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged them to shed vaccine hesitancy and get themselves inoculated soon.
In his monthly Mann ki Baat broadcast, Modi hailed the feat of most vaccination doses administered in a single day on June 21 at the start of the new phase of inoculation under which all adults are being given free jabs.
Seeking to make people shed vaccine hesitancy, Modi spoke to residents of Dulariya village in Betul district of Madhya Pradesh and counselled them to take the vaccine amidst their doubts about the exercise.
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He noted that both he and his nearly 100-year-old mother have taken both doses of the vaccine, and asked people not to believe in rumours and trust science and scientists.
“The threat of COVID-19 remains and we have to focus on vaccination as well as follow COVID-19 protocols,” he said.
With the Monsoon approaching, Modi also stressed on water conservation.
In his broadcast, he also paid tributes and remembered the contribution of Indian sprint legend Milkha Singh, who died earlier this month.
Modi hailed Singh”s contribution to Indian sports and said he will always cherish his interactions with the athlete.
Singh died in a Chandigarh hospital after a month-long battle with COVID-19. He also lost his wife Nirmal Kaur, a former national volleyball captain, to the same disease.
Modi also shared the struggles and triumphs of Olympics-bound Indian athletes and said that people must not build any pressure on these sports persons but “cheer for India”.
“Every athlete who is going to Tokyo has worked hard. They are going there to win hearts. It must be our endeavour to support our team and not put pressure on the team,” he said.
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My dear countrymen, a few days from now we will celebrate National Doctors Day on the 1st of July. This day is dedicated to the birth anniversary of the great doctor and statesman of the country, Dr B.C. Roy.
A few days from now we will celebrate National Doctors Day on the 1st of July. This day is dedicated to the birth anniversary of the great doctor and statesman of the country, Dr B.C. Roy.
By the way, there are many people in our country who have come forward and worked to help the doctors.
Along with Doctors Day, Chartered Accountants Day is also celebrated on the 1st of July.
In this direction, Mr. Ramlotan Kushwaha ji, a friend from Satna of Madhya Pradesh, has done a very commendable job.
There are many such trees and plants around us, which have amazing properties, but many times we do not even know about them!
Taking inspiration from all of these efforts, we can also conserve water around us, in whatever way possible… we should save it. We must not to miss this crucial period of the monsoon season.
Similarly the people of Andhav village in Banda district of UP have also made an innovative effort and have given a very interesting name to their campaign – ‘Khet Ka Pani Khet Mein, Gaon Ka Pani Gaon Mein’.
Now the monsoon season has also arrived in our country. When the clouds rain, they rain not only for us, but also for the generations to come!
We have to be aware and make others aware too. Every person in the village gets vaccinated – this should be the goal for all villages.
Someday this will be a subject of case study for the world that how during this Corona period people of villages of India, our forest dwellers-tribal brothers-sisters, displayed their capabilities and understanding.
We have to keep making efforts to ensure that every citizen is able to avail of safety through the vaccine.
Come…let us too visit a village and speak to people about the vaccine…let’s go to village Dulariya, district Betul, Madhya Pradesh.
The battle we the countrymen are fighting against corona is continuing…but in this fight, together, we have achieved many an extraordinary milestone! Just a few days ago, our country accomplished an unprecedented feat.
Together we will support our players going to Tokyo – Cheer4India!!! Cheer4India!!!
Every player going to Tokyo has had one’s own share of struggle, and years of toil. They are going not only for themselves but for the country.
There are numerous such names, but in #MannKiBaat, today I have been able to mention only a few.
Our players going to Tokyo faced scarcity of means and resources in their childhood, but they persevered, and endured with fortitude.
Wherever we reach in life, whatever height we attain this connection with the ground, always, keeps us bound to our roots. The joy of success experienced after a period of struggle is something else!
When Talent, Dedication, Determination and Sportsman Spirit come together only then a champion is made. In our country most of the sportspersons hail from the smaller towns and villages.
I still remember Milkha Singh had come to Surat in 2014. Interaction that I had with him then, chat about sports that happened, that inspired me a lot too. We all know entire family of Milkha Singh has been dedicated to sports…has been adding to the glory of India.
Often in #MannKiBaat there is a volley of your questions. This time I thought of doing something different, asking you questions.