New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today praised Uttar Pradesh’s efforts in the fight against coronavirus, pointing that the state had population equivalent to some of the countries worst-hit from the disease like England, France, Italy and Spain.

Lauding the state for containing the impact of COVID-19, PM Modi compared the collective death count of the four countries with that of Uttar Pradesh.

“These countries at one time had conquered the world and were the biggest powers of the world, but if you add up the populations of all these countries, it comes to 24 crore, but in India, UP alone has 24 crore. How effective UP has been can be seen from the fact that the four European nations together had 1,30,000 deaths due to COVID-19. But in UP, the number of deaths is 600. It shows that UP has been tacking the issue proactively and effectively,” he was quoted by NDTV as saying.

“I agree, however, that death is death, and every life matters and it is sad that any lives were lost, be it in India or elsewhere in the world,” PM Modi added.

The prime minister made the remarks while launching the 'Atma Nirbhar Uttar Pradesh Rozgar Abhiyan' - a 125-day campaign which aims at providing employment to 1.25 crore migrant workers and others in Uttar Pradesh, who lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.    

The scheme seeks to dovetail central and state government's programmes, while also creating partnerships with industry and other organisations as the COVID-19 pandemic affected workforce in general and migrant workers in particular. 

The campaign is intensely focused towards providing employment and promoting local entrepreneurship.

At the virtual launch, PM Modi interacted with villagers from six districts of Uttar Pradesh. Villages across all districts of the state joined the event through Common Service Centres and Krishi Vigyan Kendras.

PM Modi also said that face mask and 'Do Gaz Ki Doori' (physical distancing) are the only medicines against coronavirus until there is a vaccine for the disease. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta