His remarks came during a high-level meeting with the council of ministers to discuss the Covid-19 situation in India.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister urged his ministers to stay in touch with people of their respective regions and get feedback from them.
He stressed upon the need to ensure that issues at the local level are promptly identified and addressed, the information and broadcasting ministry said in a statement.
The council also reviewed all the efforts made in the last 14 months by the central and state governments and the people of India.
The ministers noted that the present pandemic situation is a “once in a century crisis” and is a big challenge for the world.
During the meeting, the ministers and PM reviewed the efforts taken by the Centre in coordination with the states towards ramping up infrastructure in the form of hospital beds, PSA oxygen facilities, etc as well as providing financial support to the poor.
It was also noted that India could successfully produce two vaccines and there are many candidates at the various stages of approval and induction. More than 15 crore vaccinations have been done as on date, the statement said.
The council of ministers also stressed on the importance of Covid-appropriate behaviour such as wearing of mask, social distancing and washing hands frequently.
It reiterated that the participation of society is a key aspect to accomplish the gigantic task ahead and expressed confidence that the country will rise to the occasion and defeat the virus.
India is in the grip of a catastrophic Covid situation, with the country reporting 3.8 lakh fresh infections on Friday and over 3,000 deaths.
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