Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured Monday that everyone would be vaccinated and no one would be left behind. The statements came in an interview with Economic times, days after the BJP promised free vaccination in its election manifesto in Bihar. “First and foremost, I want to assure the nation that as a vaccine becomes available, everyone will be vaccinated. No one will be left behind,” Modi said.
Speaking on the economy, he said India was on the road to economic recovery as farmers broke all production records as well as record FDI inflows followed by auto and tractor sales which meet or exceed the levels of the previous year.
He said the government will take all necessary measures to constantly stimulate the economy in a timely manner while ensuring overall macroeconomic stability. Modi said adding that “we are still not done with the pandemic. Yet our economy has shown a remarkable ability to rebound.”
The Prime Minister raised various issues, including the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on daily life.
Responding to a question about the spread of the virus, Modi said India has one of the lowest Covid-19 death rates in the world. “Our recovery rate continues to be high and our active cases are drastically declining. The proactive measures taken in the early stages of the virus have helped us prepare our defenses against the pandemic,” he told The Economic Times.
Speaking of the greatest learning from the pandemic, Modi said the behavior change that more than a billion people have adapted to in such a short time – wearing masks and maintaining social distancing – is a model global public participation. He said a positive learning over the past few months has been the importance of delivery mechanisms that have ensured last mile delivery even as the country is closed.
Attacking the opposition on their questions regarding the increase in infections and the collapse of the economy, Modi said: “There are people who are so smart that they use an absolute number of cases to compare our country with d ‘other countries that have populations similar to our states,’ he said. said to the newspaper.
“India has lived up to its name of being the world’s pharmacy in recent months, supplying drugs and medical supplies to around 150 countries. The Indian pharmaceutical sector is about $ 38 billion in size. To reinforce this advantage, the government has approved an expenditure of 1.40.00 crore for the production of medical devices and active pharmaceutical ingredients, ”he said of India’s emergence as as a major producer of PPE kits and masks.
Speaking about the recently approved farm bills, which angered farmers across the country, the Prime Minister said that the new structure brought about by these reforms will significantly increase the profitability of our farmers. “As in other industries, once profits are made, they are reinvested in the sector to generate more products. A virtuous circle of profit and reinvestment emerges. In the agricultural sector too, this cycle will open doors for more. ‘investment, innovation, and new technologies, “he said Economic times.
Meanwhile, regarding labor reforms, Modi said these reforms are favorable to workers as they are now entitled to all benefits and social security even if they are hired for a fixed term. The prime minister said the 44 central labor laws with more than 1,200 articles were assimilated into just four codes as part of the reforms.
Reaffirming that the center-state relationship is not limited to the GST, Modi said that despite the pandemic and declining gross tax revenues, we have provided improved resource transfers to states. “Most of the assumptions and calculations have not taken into account a single pandemic in a century. Yet we have offered options for moving forward and most states accept them. A consensus is evolving,” a- he declared to Economic times.