March 21, 2023

Covid cannot impede India’s development this year, says PM Modi | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that Covid cannot come in the way of India’s development in the new year and the country will fight the pandemic with “full caution and vigilance”.
Speaking at the release of 10th instalment under the PM-KISAN scheme, the Prime Minister said that 2021 will be remembered as the year when India put up a strong fight against Covid.
“2021 will be remembered for India’s strong fight against the Covid-19 pandemic as also for reforms undertaken during the year,” he said, and lauded the achieving of more than 145 crore Covid vaccine doses.

The Prime Minister listed the achievements of the country during the pandemic-hit 2021 across sectors, like health, defence, agriculture, startup ecosystem and infrastructure.
He said in the year gone by, India accelerated the speed of reforms in various sectors, and also created modern infrastructure.
“We have to further accelerate the pace of development. Corona poses challenges, but it cannot stall the growth process,” the Prime Minister added.
In his first address of 2022, PM Modi said India’s economy is growing at more than 8 per cent while it has also attracted record foreign investment, and taken forex reserves to new highs and GST collections were on rise.

PM Modi’s remarks come amid India witnessing a fresh surge in Covid infections, possibly triggered by the highly infectious Omicron variant.
India saw a single-day rise of 22,775 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, highest since October 6, while the number of active cases surpassed one lakh and Omicron infection tally reached 1,431.
(With inputs from PTI)

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