Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses via video conferencing in New Delhi. (File photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses via video conferencing in New Delhi. (File photo)

PM Modi on Mann Ki Baat: Oxygen tanker drivers worked on war footing in Covid crisis

PM Modi Mann Ki Baat Today: PM Modi was addressing the nation during the 77th edition of his monthly radio programme, Mann Ki Baat.
By hindustantimes.com | Written by Arpan Rai, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2021 12:15 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lauded the spirit and courage of people who braved two major cyclones in this month. "In this difficult and extraordinary situation of calamity, the way the people of all the states affected by the cyclones have shown courage, with great patience and discipline in the hour of this crisis. I respectfully and wholeheartedly salute all the citizens," PM Modi said on Mann Ki Baat.

PM Modi also praised those who came forward and took part in the relief and rescue work and said, "any amount appreciation of all these people will not be enough."

The Prime Minister was addressing the nation during the 77th edition of his monthly radio programme, Mann Ki Baat. Ahead of his address to the nation, PM Modi sought ideas and suggestions from people on his social media accounts earlier this month about topics for Mann Ki Baat.

Here are the key highlights from PM Modi's address:

  • "In just last 10 days, the country has fought two big cyclones Tauktae and cyclone Yaas on the east coast. The country and the people of the country fought them with full force and ensured minimum casualties."
  • "In this difficult and extraordinary situation of calamity, the people of all cyclone-affected states have shown courage. For that, I would like to respectfully commend all the citizens."
  • "The central, state governments and local administrations are all working together in the face of this disaster. I express my condolences to all those who have lost their close ones."
  • "In fact, the battle against Covid is so big that our country, like the railways, is working through water, land, sky, sky, all three routes. "
  • "Many of our scientists, experts and technicians of the industry are working on a war footing. The curiosity to know and understand the work of all these people is in the minds of all the citizens."
  • "Oxygen, oxygen concentrators and cryogenic tankers are being brought into the country from abroad. Therefore, Indian Navy, Air Force, Army and DRDO and our institutions are also involved in this mission."
  • "On one hand, the work is being done to transport the empty tankers to the oxygen plants by Air Force planes, and on the other hand the construction of new oxygen plants is also being completed."
  • "During the second wave of Covid-19, a major challenge was to supply medical oxygen to remote areas. To counter challenges that the country faced, drivers of Cryogenic oxygen tankers helped by working on war footing and saved lives of lakhs of people."
  • "Our warriors are transporting this oxygen to far-flung corners of the country."
  • "You can guess, on normal days, we were producing 900 metric tons of liquid medical oxygen in a day. Now it has grown by more than 10 times and we are producing about 9500 metric tonnes per day. "
  • "So far, more than 33 crore samples have been tested in the country. "
  • "Friends, at the beginning of Corona, there was only one testing lab in the country, but today more than two and a half thousand labs are working. Initially, a few hundred tests could be done in a day, now more than 20 lakh tests are being done in a day. "
  • "To protect themselves, the frontline workers have to wear PPE kit continuously even in such heat. After that it reaches the sample lab."
  • "To think of it, there was such a big crisis in our country, it had an impact on every sector of our country. The agricultural system protected itself to a great extent from this attack."
  • "Today, on 30th May, we are talking about 'Mann Ki Baat' and coincidentally it is also the time for the completion of 7 years of the government."
  • "Over these 7 years, the country has followed the mantra of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas'."
  • "Whatever achievement has been made in these 7 years, it has been because of the country, of the countrymen. We have experienced many moments of national pride together in these years."
  • "I get the messages of many countrymen and their letters from every corner of the country. So many people thank the country that electricity has reached their village for the first time in 70 years. So many people say that our village too is now connected to the city by a paved road."
  • "Some friends from a tribal area had sent me a message that for the first time after the road was built, they felt that they too had joined the rest of the world. Similarly, this is how several banks shares the happiness of opening an account. I have been involved in such crores of happiness for all of you in these 7 years."
  • "In the 7 decades after independence, only three and a half crore rural homes of our country had water connections. But in the last 21 months, some four and a half crore houses have been given clean water connections."
  • "I derive a new faith from the Ayushman scheme in the country. When a poor person comes home recovering from free treatment, he feels that he has got a new life."
  • "We fought the first wave with full courage and this time also India will be victorious in the ongoing fight against the virus."
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