A day after the country reached the milestone of administering 100 crore COVID-19 Vaccine doses, PM Modi addressed the country at 10am on Friday. The information about PM Modi’s address was given by PMO in a tweet which wrote, “PM Narendra Modi will address the nation at 10 am today.” This was the PM's tenth address to the nation since March 2020.
The Prime Minister began his speech with congratulating the people of India for the new history created by the nation as it reached 100 crore jabs milestone on Thursday. PM said,“This is not just a number, it is a beginning of a new chapter, a new India,” said PM Modi.
He also talked about the prohibition of VIP culture in his government and said that there were many groups who wanted to receive preferential treatment but the government ensured that just like other schemes, no discrimination shall be done in the vaccination process also.
While lauding his government for taking care of everyone’s needs, he said, “Some concerns were also raised about the stringent Covid-19 restrictions. Many said that how can such strict restrictions be imposed in India. But we are a democracy, we have considered the needs of all, following our sabka saath, sabka vikas principle.”
He also praised the general public and considered the collective efforts of everyone as a key factor in reaching the historic landmark. He said,“While many countries are struggling with vaccine hesitancy issue, People’s participation has become the weapon against the pandemic for Indians. For us, democracy means Sabka Saath… everyone was taken along. If the virus does not have discrimination, vaccination also shouldn’t. So, there was no VIP culture allowed in vaccination.”
He also thanked people for showing faith and trust in science and innovation and said that while some doubts were raised in India concerned with the vaccines, people of India showed faith in science and vaccines and this achievement proves that.
“World nations are still battling vaccine hesitancy while similar concerns were raised in India. But the 100 crore vaccine dose achievement shows how we have defeated the vaccine hesitancy. With the trust in science and innovations, India has managed to achieve this major feat,” The Prime Minister said.
He said that thanks to the vaccines, people of India can now feel the upcoming Diwali safe for them and the traders, unlike last year, can conduct their business smoothly and will not incur huge losses.
Prime Minister also urged the people to promote ‘Made in India’ products and become ‘Vocal for Local.’ He said, “There was a time when we would hear ‘made in this country’, ‘made in that country’, but now all Indians realise the power of ‘Made in India’. I urge all Indians to encourage Indian manufacturers by purchasing ‘Made in India’ products, promote ‘Vocal for Local’.”
He also informed that experts all around the globe and in the country are having a positive view of India’s economy and added, “Today, not only record investment is coming to Indian companies but new employment opportunities are also being created for the youth.”
At the same time, he also asked people to continue wearing masks and follow other COVID-19 protocols. He also urged those who aren’t vaccinated yet to take their jabs at the earliest.
While concluding, he made a special appeal to Indian citizens to make ‘Made in India’ and ‘Vocal for Local’ a national movement.
“I urge all the citizens to make "Made in India" and "Vocal for local" as much of a movement as ‘swachh abhiyaan’. This Diwali, unlike the last one, we have a sense of belief and confidence,” The PM said.