Self-reliance biggest lesson of COVID-19 crisis, says PM Modi


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the biggest lesson that the coronavirus crisis has taught the country is to become self-reliant and not depend on others for anything we need in our daily lives.


While interacting with Sarpanchs from across the nation via video conferencing, on the occasion of Panchayati Raj Diwas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said:

"The corona crisis has given us its biggest message, that we have to become self-reliant. Villages, districts and states at their levels as well the country should be self-dependent for their needs. This has become very essential”.

During his address, the Prime Minister, used his scarf as a face mask.

The PM also praised villages for handling the national health crisis better than urban centres.

"Villages have shown that our traditions, culture. Villages have handled the crisis better than cities. They are handling social distancing better and with more discipline. There is much to learn from you all," he said.

PM Modi said that this pandemic has thrown up new challenges which we never faced before, but it also made us learn new things.

"It is because of efforts of people, entire world today is talking about how India has responded to COVID-19 crisis.

He also launched a unified e-GramSwaraj Portal and Mobile App and 'Swamitva Scheme'.

E-GramSwaraj Portal, which is an initiative of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj that will provide the Gram Panchayats with a single interface to prepare and implement their Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP). 

'Swamitva Scheme' will ensure the demarcation of inhabited land in rural areas with the use of the latest surveying methods including the use of drones.

According to the data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday, the total number of coronavirus patients in the country has surged to 23,077. Meanwhile, the number of deaths in the country due to COVID-19 has risen to 718.

The total number of active cases in the country is 17,610. Meanwhile, 4,749 persons have been cured/discharged/migrated.

The Central government has taken many stringent measures to prevent the further spread of the disease. 

Starting from March 24 midnight, India is under 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. The lockdown, effective March 25, is supposed to end on April 14.

However, on April 14, in an address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the 21-day national lockdown has been extended till May 3.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 200 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 


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