Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the 23rd of March, a day after the Janata Curfew, addressed a video conference and spoke about the Pandemic Coronavirus.
During the conference, Mr. Modi urged the citizens of India to be indoor and asked them to fight the lifetime challenge, the COVID-19.
PM Modi said, “The tireless efforts of the reporters, camerapersons and technicians are a great service to the nation. The media should counter pessimism and panic through positive communication. COVID-19 is a lifetime challenge and it needs to be tackled through new and innovative solutions.”
Mr. Modi also extended his gratitude towards the media person and news channels for understanding the gravity of the pandemic threat and praised their role as responsible media reporters.
Mr. Modi said, “A long battle lies ahead of us, whereby awareness on social distancing has to be spread and information about latest developments and key decisions needs to be communicated swiftly and professionally by the channels through an easy-to-grasp language.”
He also asked them to create more such awareness and keep with their works of spreading news about the Novel Coronavirus, its myths, rumours and other facts.
India is currently in stage 2 and is on the edge of entering the 3rd Stage of COVID-19.
Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, the secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the secretary in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare were present during the media interaction.