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India will fight COVID-19 pandemic with full caution, vigilance, says PM Modi

By Priyanka Verma 
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India will fight COVID-19 pandemic with full caution, vigilance, says PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday exuded confidence that India will fight the COVID-19 pandemic with full ‘caution and vigilance’.His statement comes as the country has once again been witnessing a worrying rise in daily coronavirus cases for the past few days, which has stoked the fear of a third wave.

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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.

“India will fight the Covid-19 pandemic with full caution and vigilance and will also protect its national interests,” he added .

The Prime Minister listed the achievements of the country during the pandemic-hit 2021 across sectors, like health, defence, agriculture, startup ecosystem and infrastructure.

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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.

He said during the pandemic, the central government provided additional food grains for free to over 80 crore beneficiaries, which cost around Rs 2.6 lakh crore to the exchequer.

Meanwhile, India recorded 22,775 new COVID-19 cases and 406 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the Ministry of Health on Saturday. With 161 fresh Omicron infections, the total tally of these cases claimed to 1,431.

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