Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged migrant workers to stay where they are. He said they will soon be vaccinated against Covid-19 and won’t have to leave their jobs and return home.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday appealed to the state governments to take migrant workers into confidence and assure them that they would soon be vaccinated against Covid-19. In a televised address to the nation on the prevailing health crisis, PM Modi said this assurance from the states will help the migrant workers a lot.
In his address, the prime minister said India is currently fighting a “very fierce battle” against Covid-19. He said the situation had been under control until some weeks ago, but the second wave of Covid-19 has hit the country “like a storm”.
Meanwhile, at a time when several states have imposed night curfews and lockdown, PM Modi said the endeavour should be to protect ourselves from lockdown.
5 takeaways from PM Modi’s speech
1) Cautioning people against being lax towards the deadly disease, PM Modi said the country is once again fighting a “very big battle” against Covid-19. “Until some weeks ago, the situation was under control. But the second wave of Covid-19 has hit us like a storm,” he said.
The prime minister appealed to the people and the civil society to come forward and help the needy during the pandemic. “I also appeal to the youth to make small committees in their localities to spread awareness about Covid-appropriate behaviour and ensure that their family members don’t step outside unless it is for an important work,” PM Modi said.
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2) In his address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to the state governments to keep migrant workers motivated to remain where they are and not return to their homes. “I appeal to the state governments to keep the migrants workers motivated and urge them to remain where they are. This assurance from the state governments will help them a lot to stay where they are,” he said.
The prime minister added that the migrant workers will soon be vaccinated against Covid-19, and they won’t have to leave their jobs and return home.
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3) Speaking about the decisions of several state governments that have imposed lockdowns to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission, PM Modi said the situation today is such that we should make efforts to save ourselves from lockdown.
“I urge the state governments to consider imposing lockdown only as the last option. All efforts should be made to protect ourselves from lockdown. Our focus should be on micro-containment strategies,” he said.
4) The prime minister said the country’s efforts at present should be protect both lives and livelihoods of the people. “Our efforts are aimed at protecting people’s lives but we should also try to ensure that there livelihood and economic activities aren’t impacted much,” he said.
PM Modi said from May 1, all adults above the age of 18 years would be eligible to get vaccinated against Covid-19. This will ensure that Covid-19 vaccines are made available speedily to our workforce in cities, he said.
5) Speaking on the issue of shortage of medical oxygen, PM Modi said during the pandemic, the demand for medical oxygen has risen in several parts of the country.
“We are working on this speedily. The Centre, the state governments and the private sector, all are committed to ensure that every needy person gets oxygen in time. Efforts are being made at various levels to enhance oxygen production and its supply,” he said.