Amid the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a massive package of 20 Lakh crores to make India self-reliant.
Addressing the country fifth time on Coronavirus pandemic, the Prime Minister said the world has been fighting against COVID-19 for over four months. It would not be wrong to say that the 21st century will be India’s century and India has been a milestone for progress in the last century. It is true that India is going through a bad patch at present, but the country needs to become self-reliant in the world after the coronavirus pandemic, PM Modi said.
The Indian Prime Minister in his speech said that India, which was not manufacturing even a single personal protective equipment (PPE) kit, has now achieved an almost unrealistic goal of producing 2.06 lakh PPE kits daily within two months after the coronavirus pandemic.
Now, 2 lakh N95 masks are being manufactured in India every day and these masks are being sent to various hospitals.
“When the crisis started then not even a single PPE kit was manufactured in India, only a few N95 masks were available. Today two lakh PPE kits and 2 lakh N95 masks are manufactured in India daily,” he said.
“We had never seen or heard about such a crisis ever before. This is definitely unimaginable for mankind. This was unprecedented. But humanity will not accept defeat from this virus. We have to not only protect ourselves but also move forward,” Modi said.
PM Modi suggested five pillars to revive growth. He said that India must focus on its self-reliance. The 5 pillars for self-reliance:
- Economy with potential for quantum jump
- Tech-driven system
- Intelligence-driven supply system
Further, Prime Minister said, “The crisis has brought a key opportunity for India. We are at a critical juncture in this fight. A self-reliant India is the only way forward. We need to make India excel in a post-COVID world order.
“We have heard that the 21st century will be India’s. Our resolve is much bigger than the crises. We have to save ourselves and continue our fight. We will not give up or accept defeat,” he added.