Today, the Prime Minister held a virtual meeting where he interacted with villagers in UP. He said Uttar Pradesh had only a fraction of their death count because of its singular efforts in fighting the deadly coronavirus. He further explained the huge population of the state which is the same as four European countries badly affected by the coronavirus.
“England, France, Italy and Spain – these countries at one time had conquered the world and were the biggest powers of the world, but if you add up the populations of all these countries it comes to 24 crore, but in India, UP alone has 24 crore. How effective UP has been can be seen from the fact that the four European nations together had 1,30,000 deaths due to COVID-19. But in UP, the number of deaths is 600. It shows that UP has been tacking the issue proactively and effectively,” said the Prime Minister.
“But death is death, and every life matters and it is sad that any lives were lost, be it in India or elsewhere in the world.”
PM Modi admired Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath for effectively handling the virus and the crisis of migrants stranded by the lockdown. Mr Modi launched ”Atma Nirbhar Uttar Pradesh Rozgar Abhiyan” via video conference. He claimed the scheme will promote local entrepreneurship and job opportunities in partnership with industrial associations.
“Yogiji understood the seriousness of the situation and instead of complaining and worrying, he and his team went on a war footing to ensure that 240 million people could be safe and control the spread of the disease as much as possible. When his father passed away recently, Yogiji put the people of Uttar Pradesh above his personal loss and continued to work to ensure that hospitals, beds, and other facilities like testing centres were opened,” PM Modi said.