New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the nation through the 65th edition of his monthly radio programme "Mann Ki Baat" and said that it is important to be even more vigilant as major chunk of economy has opened up.

Adressing the nation through the 65th edition of his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat', the Prime Minister said that India's fight against the highly contagious coronavirus is "people-driven" and country's "seva shakti" is visible in this battle.

"When we look at other countries, we realise how big is achievement of Indians. Our population is many times more than other countries, challenges are different still COVID-19 didn't spread so rapidly as in other countries and fatality rate is also notably lower," news agency ANI quoted PM Modi as saying.

PM Modi also stressed that there should be no laxity in maintaining six feet distance (Do Gaj Doori), wearing masks and staying indoors as much as possible. 

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Speaking about the migrant workers and stranded labourers, PM Modi said that the pain experienced by them cannot be "expressed through words". He, however, launded the Railways personnel governance bodies of the Center and states for relentlessly helping the migrants, calling them "frontline corona warriors".

"A few days ago, no.of Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries crossed over 1 crore. If the poor had to pay for their treatments in hospital, if they weren't treated for free then they had to spend somewhat around Rs 14,000 crore. Ayushman Bharat has saved money of poor," he noted.  

PM Modi also noted how India has fared much better than many parts of the world in fighting the pandemic and also lauded innovative spirit and the sense of service shown by people in different parts of the country.

He stressed that the Atma Nirbhar Bharat campaign will take the country to greater heights in this decade.

Talking about Yoga and Ayurveda, PM Modi said that he spoke to many world leaders and shared a "secret" that during deliberations between world leaders, "a lot of interest is evinced in Yog and Ayurved".

"People everywhere want to know more about 'Yoga' and along with it 'Ayurveda' and adopt it as a way of life. Many people, who have never practiced yoga, have either joined online yoga classes or are also learning yoga through online videos," All India Radio quoted PM Modi as saying.

PM Modi's address to nation came a day after the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued new guidelines for phased re-opening of "all activities outside containment zones for the next one month beginning June 1".

The Prime Minister had on March 24 announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of COVID-19. The lockdown was later extended, in phases, till May 31.

(With inputs from agencies)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma