New York/New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that for almost two years now humanity has been battling a once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic and the challenge of the pandemic has taught us that we are stronger and better when we are together.
In a video address to the Global Citizen Movement on Saturday night, the Prime Minister said: “Our shared experience of fighting the pandemic has taught us – we are stronger and better when we are together”
“We saw glimpses of this collective spirit when our COVID-19 warriors, doctors, nurses, medical staff gave their best in fighting the pandemic. We saw this spirit in our scientists and innovators, who created new vaccines in record time. Generations will remember the manner in which human resilience prevailed over everything else.”
He also said that poverty remains the most persistent of the challenges in the world.
“Poverty cannot be fought by making the poor more dependent on governments. Poverty can be fought when the poor start seeing governments as trusted partners. Trusted partners who will give them the enabling infrastructure to forever break the vicious circle of poverty,” he said.
He said that when power is used to empower the poor, they get the strength to fight poverty. He enumerated measures like banking the unbanked, providing social security coverage to millions, giving free and quality healthcare to 500 million Indians, as examples of empowering the poor.
He spoke about 30 million houses built for the homeless in the cities and villages, and added that a house is not only about shelter. “A roof over the head gives people dignity,” he said. In addition, a “mass movement” to provide drinking water connection to every household, spending over a trillion dollars for next-generation infrastructure, free food grains being provided to 800 millions of the citizens and several other efforts will give strength to the fight against poverty, the Prime Minister said.