“Keep taking proper precautions, we will certainly defeat COVID-19; says Modi

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the citizens to keep taking proper precautions and said that together we will certainly defeat the coronavirus pandemic. “There is no need to panic. Please keep taking the proper precautions. Together, we can certainly defeat the COVID-19 pandemic,” Modi said in a tweet.

He was responding to a tweet by Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan.

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“To ensure the availability of food grains across the country, the Food Corporation of India had on April 17 loaded 1.99 LMT of food grains through 71 rail racks and unloaded 1.80 LMP food grains from 64 racks. So far, states have taken 29.90 LMT food grains for free distribution among the people,” Paswan had tweeted.

The Central and state government are distributing food to the public during the lockdown, which was recently extended till May 3, to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Redifine culture

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that ‘adaptability, efficiency, inclusivity, opportunity, and universalism’ are the ‘new vowels’ which will redefine the new business and work culture in the days ahead following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Prime Minister through a post on LinkedIn urged Indian innovators to come forward and “take the lead in providing a new work culture.” He said that “like vowels in the English language, these would become essential ingredients of any business model in the post-COVID world.”

Elaborating on adaptability, the article reads: “The need of the hour is to think of business and lifestyle models that are easily adaptable. Doing so would mean that even in a time of crisis, our offices, businesses, and commerce could get moving faster, ensuring loss of life does not occur.”

Through the article, the PM urged shopkeepers to “invest in digital tools that keep commerce connected” and added that the country is witnessing an “encouraging surge in digital transactions.” Telemedicine is another field from which positive signs of going digital have emerged.

The next vowel — efficiency — is equally important as it is important for building “models where productivity and efficiency matter more than the appearance of effort. The emphasis should be on completing a task in the specified time frame.”

Inclusivity perhaps the most important point raised by PM Modi focuses on the need for developing business models that attach significance to the “care for the poor, the most vulnerable” as well as our planet.

hails BCCI’s initiative

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) ‘Team Mask Force’ initiative to raise awareness about the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier in the day, BCCI shared a video in which Indian cricketers — both men and women — made an appeal to fellow countrymen to use a home mask and join the ‘Team Mask Force’.

Lauding the efforts, Prime Minister Modi wrote: “Among the most important tasks today- be a part of Team Mask Force. Small but essential precautions can keep us all safe. Important to spread awareness about it.”

The video featured the likes of former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Indian captain Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag, Mithali Raj, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Rahul Dravid.

At the end of the video, Tendulkar also reminds everyone to wash hands at least for 20 seconds and practice social distancing. (ANI)