Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the council of ministers that there is no room for carelessness or complacency as far as the Covid situation in the country is concerned and asked them to request people to keep taking precautions. He also mentioned that even a single mistake would have far-reaching impact and may weaken the fight against the pandemic.
Interacting with the ministers the day after a mega cabinet reshuffle, PM Modi referred to visuals of crowding and people roaming around without masks and said this is not a pleasant sight and should instil a sense of fear in us.
This is not a pleasant sight and it should instil a "sense of fear in us", Modi said. People are seen without wearing masks or following the social distancing norms, he said, according to sources.
He stressed India's fight against the pandemic is underway with full vigour with the vaccination programme going on steadily and testing numbers also consistently high.
"He added that in such a time, there should be no space for carelessness or complacency. A single mistake would have far-reaching impacts and weaken the fight to overcome COVID-19," a source said.
"The PM said that with the Covid infection numbers being fewer than what they were in the recent months, people may want to venture out. However, everyone must remember that the threat of COVID-19 is far from over. Many other nations are seeing surges in infections. The virus is also mutating," he added.
Modi told the ministers that the aim should not be to instill fear but to request people to keep taking all possible precautions so that the nation is able to move beyond this pandemic in the times to come. In the meeting, he expressed concern at the persistently high number of Covid cases coming from Maharashtra and Kerala, the sources said.
He also asked his ministers to reach office on time and channelise all their energy into their ministerial work, saying their focus should be on helping the most deprived people.
He said the new ministers can meet their predecessors and learn from their experience, the sources said.
He told the new ministers that those no longer part of the government have made contributions and newcomers can learn from them, the sources said.
In a word of advice, he said it is the work that only matters and the ministers should not get trapped in the vicious circle of grabbing media attention.
He said ministers should avoid making unnecessary statements.
With PTI inputs