Rural India is empowering
COVID vaccination drive: Modi


NEW DELHI: Indian’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday praised the people of Himachal for not allowing any rumour or disinformation to hamper the COVID vaccination drive in the state and said that country’s rural society is empowering the vaccination drive.
Speaking at the interaction session with the healthcare workers and beneficiaries of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Himachal Pradesh, PM Modi said, “The people of Himachal did not allow any rumour and any disinformation to hamper the vaccination efforts. Himachal is proof of how the country’s rural society is empowering the world’s largest and fastest vaccination campaign.” The Prime Minister also expressed happiness that even in a remote district like Lahaul-Spiti has been a leader in giving 100 per cent first dose.
“This is the area which used to be cut off from the rest of the country for months before the Atal Tunnel was built,” he said.
“Tourism is also getting the direct benefit of strengthened connectivity, farmers and gardeners who produce fruits and vegetables are also getting it. By using internet connectivity in villages, young talents of Himachal can take their culture and new possibilities of tourism to the country and abroad.”

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the interaction with healthcare workers and beneficiaries of the COVID vaccination program in Himachal Pradesh, through video conferencing, in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI Photo)

Referring to recently notified Drones rules, the Prime Minister said: “These rules will help in the spheres of many sectors like health and agriculture. This will open doors for new possibilities.”
The Prime Minister urged the farmers and gardeners of Himachal to make farming in Himachal organic within the next 25 years.
“Slowly we have to free our soil from chemicals,” he said.
He said the central government is now going to create a special online platform for women self-help groups.
“Through this medium, our sisters will be able to sell their products in the country and the world. They will be able to deliver apple, orange, kinnow, mushroom, tomato, many such products to every nook and corner of the country,” he added.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, BJP national president JP Nadda, Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur, MPs, MLAs, Panchayat leaders, among others, were present on the occasion.

Lauds teaching fraternity

On the occasion of Teachers’ Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his greeting to the entire teaching fraternity and commended them for ensuring students education during the COVID-19 times.

Taking to Twitter, PM Modi wrote, “On Teachers’ Day, greetings to the entire teaching fraternity, which has always played a pivotal role in nurturing young minds. It is commendable how teachers have innovated and ensured the education journey of students continues in the COVID-19 times.”

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with healthcare workers and beneficiaries of the COVID vaccination program in Himachal Pradesh, through video conferencing, in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI Photo)

He also paid tribute to Dr S Radhakrishnan on his Jayanti.

“I pay my respects to Dr. S. Radhakrishnan on his Jayanti and recall his distinguished scholarship as well as contributions to our nation,” PM Modi tweeted further.

Teachers’ Day is celebrated across the country in memory of former President Dr S Radhakrishnan, a philosopher-author and India’s second President who was born on September 5, 1888. His contributions to the field of education are exemplary. In 1962, the tradition to celebrate Teachers’ Day started to honour Radhakrishnan and all the teachers.

Earlier on Saturday, President Ram Nath Kovind also extended his greetings to teachers across the country on the eve of Teachers’ Day and expressed gratitude to the teaching community for their invaluable contribution towards building a strong and prosperous nation. (ANI)