File photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(PTI)
File photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(PTI)

‘Need to make Covid-19 crisis major turning point for nation’: PM Modi during 95th annual plenary session of Chamber of Commerce

“The entire world is fighting Covid-19 and so is India. Other kinds of adversities are also arising amid these trying times,” PM Modi said.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2020 02:59 PM IST

The entire nation is not just fighting Covid-19 but also facing multiple challenges, prime minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday. PM Modi stated that every citizen of the country has resolved to turn this crisis into an opportunity. “We have to make this a major turning point for this nation. What is that turning point? A self-reliant India,” he said.

PM’s comments came during the inaugural address on the occasion of 95th annual plenary session of Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) on Thursday. The ICC is one of the top bodies representing businesses and industries in the eastern and north-eastern India.

The prime minister said that the entire world is fighting Covid-19 and so is India. “Other adversities are also arising amid these trying times,” the PM said.

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From locust attacks plaguing parts of the country to reports of earthquakes and cyclone occurrences in the past few months, the prime minister said that the country has faced many challenges amid the coronavirus crisis.

“We all have come together to withstand these challenges,” he said.

Mann ke hare haar, mann ke hare jeet - it means that only our firm resolve and determination can decide our future,” the PM said.

During his address, PM Modi reiterated the significance of developing the country into a self-reliant one and take bold decisions to drive economic growth. He called for the need to ditch conservative approach and go “vocal for local”.

“We have to revive the historical excellence of Bengal in the manufacturing sector. We’ve always heard “What Bengal thinks today, India thinks tomorrow”. We have to take inspiration from this and move forward together,” the prime miister added.

PM Modi started his address by congratulating the Chamber of Commerce for achieving the milestone of completing 95 years.

“The ICC has stood the test of time and contributed immensely to the growth trajectory of the country,” he said.

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