'When beti speaks..' PM Modi interacts with 12-year-old daughter of IAF captain AK Patnaik on Mann ki Baat
Captain Patnaik said the Indian Air Force has completed over 1,600 sorties in past one month flying for over 3,000 hours, ferrying oxygen tankers and liquid oxygen containers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday interacted with several frontline workers and thanked them for their relentless work in fighting the second wave of the pandemic. As he was speaking to Indian Air Force group captain AK Patnaik, the captain's 12-year-old daughter Aditi came on the line and had a brief chat with the prime minister. She said she feels proud of her father but she also missed him as he spent a lot of time away from his family transporting oxygen. "We will be able to overcome this crisis," the class 8 student said, to which PM Modi said, "When a daughter speaks, we consider it as Goddess Saraswati speaking. And now that Aditi says we will overcome this crisis, we definitely will," PM Modi said.
Captain Patnaik, during his interaction with the prime minister, said that domestic oxygen transport which used to take two to three days is now being completed in 2-3 hours. International sorties, ferrying oxygen tankers and liquid oxygen containers, are also going on round the clock. Captain Patnaik said the Indian Air Force has completed over 1,600 sorties in past one month flying for over 3,000 hours. Over 160 international missions have also been completed, the captain informed PM Modi.
"The biggest thing is the job satisfaction that we are getting. It is very high and that is what keeps us going," Patnaik said.
As he thanked the Captain, he said his gratitude is not only for Captain Patnaik but for all armed forces. "The work that they are doing is not their usual work. Previously, India used to produce 900 metric tonne liquid medical oxygen. The production has now increased 10 times and now 9,500 metric tonne medical oxygen is being produced," PM Modi said.
PM's Mann ki Baat address on May 30 coincides with the 7th year of the Modi government, "All these seven years, the government followed the mantra of Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas" PM Modi said.