New Delhi, May 12 : Proposing a self-reliant fightback against the Coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said India will neither get tired nor give up the fight against COVID-19, and "we have to protect ourselves and move ahead as well".
"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 two lakh N95 masks are manufactured in India daily," he cited as an example of how India was responding to the virus in his address to the nation late this evening. As he announced a Rs 20 lakh crore economic package for the people just days short of the end of the third phase of the lockdown on May 17, he said the special economic package will play an important role in the 'Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan'. The announcements made by the government over COVID, decisions of RBI and today's package total Rs 20 lakh crore. This, he stressed, was 10 percent of India's GDP.
He told the nation in the special broadcast that in a world that was fighting life and death, India's medicines today brought a new hope. With these steps, when India was being praised everywhere in the world and every Indian felt proud. "When India speaks of self-reliance, it does not advocate for a self-centered system. In India's self-reliance there is a concern for the whole world's happiness, cooperation and peace," he added. The 54-day nationwide lockdown, which began on March 25 to contain the spread of Coronavirus, is scheduled to end on May 17 even as the number of COVID-19 cases in India crossed the 70,000-mark and the death toll touched 2,300. (UNI)