Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hailed healthcare workers for their 'tireless hard work' over India COVID-19 vaccination success. The Prime Minister was addressing the nation on the 82nd edition of his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat'.
India had officially crossed the 1 billion vaccinations milestone on Friday, October 22. PM Modi stated that this achievement was a result of the hard work of lakhs of healthcare workers in the country. The Prime Minister expressed gratitude to every citizen "who gave such height and success to the 'Vaccine-Free Vaccine for All' campaign."
"I am aware of the capabilities of the people of my country. I knew that our healthcare workers would leave no stone unturned to vaccinate their countrymen. Today, after 100 crore Covid-19 vaccinations, the country is moving ahead with new energy," the Prime Minister noted. "The success of our vaccination program shows the capability of India to the world," he added.
PM Modi also highlighted the contribution of police personnel. He added that women police forces are becoming role models for millions of daughters of India. The prime minister also praised the rise in the number of women police personnel which he said has jumped to over 2.15 lakh from 1.05 lakh in 2014.
Women at United Nations
"India had signed the Charter of the United Nations in 1945 prior to independence. Today, on October 24, 'United Nations Day' is celebrated," noted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"A unique aspect related to the United Nations is that the women power of India has played a big role in increasing the influence and power of the United Nations," he added.
PM Modi highlighted how an Indian delegate had objected to the Universal Declaration of UN Human Rights draft which was being inscribed as "All Men are Created Equal" in 1947-48. This was then changed to - "All Human Beings are Created Equal".
"This was in consonance with India's age-old tradition of gender equality. Did you know that Smt. Hansa Mehta was the delegate because of whom this became possible?," said the Prime Minister.
"At the same time, another delegate, Lakshmi Menon, strongly put forth her views on the issue of gender equality," the Prime Minister noted. He added that in 1953, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit became the first woman President of the UN General Assembly.
New Drone Policy
Talking about drones, the Prime Minister said India is working on using the technology for transportation, be it for delivery of goods at home or assistance during emergencies or monitoring law and order. He explained that drones will soon be deployed for all such needs.
"New Drone Policy designed according to present and future possibilities related to it. After the introduction of this policy, many foreign and domestic startups have invested in drone start-ups," said PM Modi. He added that the Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force (IAF) have placed orders of more than Rs 500 crore to Indian companies for drones.
"The drone sector was filled with too many restrictions and regulations. This has changed in recent times. The new drone policy is already showing great results," PM Modi added.
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