PM Modi announces economic relief package, lockdown extension

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 12 addressed the nation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He mentioned that the government has formulated a Rs 20 lakh crore economic package to revive the economy badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Modi also announced that the nationwide lockdown will be extended beyond May 18. He mentioned that Lockdown 4 will be in a new form with new rules and guidelines which will be announced before May 18 .

In his speech, PM Modi emphasized self-reliance and said that humanity will not accept defeat from coronavirus.

“The only way forward is self-reliance. India’s self-reliance addresses concerns about world’s happiness and peace”, PM Modi said during his address to the nation.

The prime minister said that even though the situation in the country is unprecedented, humanity will not accept defeat from the pandemic.

“The humankind will not deter. We will have to further firm up our resolve, protect ourselves and march forward,” he added.

He said when the crisis began, the country did not manufacture a single PPE and only a few N95 masks were available. “Today two lakh PPE kits and two lakh N95 masks are manufactured in India daily.”

The Prime Minister said during the challenging time, Indian medicines have come out as a ray of hope. “Due to this step, India is being praised across the world and the Indians feel proud. The world has started believing that India can perform much better.”

The country has the sources, ability and world’s best talent and can make the best products, he added.

In India, there are over 70,000 confirmed cases and more than 2,200 people have succumbed to the viral disease.

The PM expressed his condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones to the deadly virus.

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