NEW DELHI:Narendra Modi, noting reports of doctors facing discrimination because of treating coronavirus patients in several parts of the country, said that he is very pained with discriminatory behaviour against the staff of essential services. Warning against discrimination, he said that “people in white coats and doctors are like God right now, they are protecting us”.
He also appealed for help towards the underprivileged. “Everyone must strive to help at least nine people during nine days of Navratri.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday spoke to citizens of Varanasi via video conferencing, a day after he announced the Centre’s plan of a complete lockdown to tackle the coronavirus spread. He is the representative of the Varanasi constituency in the Parliament.
“Today is the first day of Navratri, you all must be busy in performing rituals and offering prayers, but still you took out time for this interaction, I’m grateful to all of you. I pray to Goddess Shailputri to give us the strength to fight country’s battle against coronavirus. As the MP of Varanasi, I should have been among you in times like these. But you know the things which are going on in Delhi. Despite being busy here, I’ve been taking regular updates about Varanasi from my colleagues,” he was quoted as saying.
The Centre has formed a help desk in collaboration with WhatsApp to seek correct information about the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a video conference with the citizens of Varanasi on Wednesday. “If you have access to WhatsApp, you can use the number 9013151515 for the purpose. If you write ‘Namaste’ on this WhatsApp number, either in English or in Hindi, then you will get an immediate response,” he said.
Adhering to the 21-day nationwide shutdown, the Mata Vaishni Devi Trust has decided to keep the temple closed for pilgrims to beat coronavirus, despite the start of auspicious period of Chaitra Navratri.