Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu urged citizens to become corona warriors to help contain the spread of the virus.
In his Facebook post on Saturday he wrote that it was incumbent upon all the citizens to perform their duty by avoiding unnecessary travel, maintaining personal hygiene and following respiratory etiquette along with fully adhering to the guidelines issued by the government.
The Vice President mentioned how initially things like avoiding handshakes, social gatherings or affectionate hugs of dear ones seemed a bit bizarre, but were now a part of the new normal.
The Vice President also complimented the citizens for their positive response to the lockdowns which in turn helped in containing the spread of the virus.
He said, “I must compliment the people of the country for their exceptional and positive response to the prolonged lockdowns—their patience and resilience, the implicit trust they reposed in the government and in Prime Minister Narendrabhai Modi’s visionary leadership and above all, the sense of solidarity with which they rose to the occasion.”
“The world has now got accustomed to frequently washing hands, using sanitizers, wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and leading an altogether different daily routine in stark contrast to the pre-lockdown days,” he added.
He said that it was time that people practiced self-policing and there was no other alternative but to take all precautions in a conscious and deliberate manner.
“Maintaining a safe distance, not shaking hands, offering namaskaram, undertaking only essential travel, working from home to the extent possible will have to continue. Whether it is a mall, market, or grocery shop, it is in the interest of everybody to wear a mask, observe hygiene and other safety measures,” he wrote.
The Vice President while emphasising on the need to maintain cleanliness said, “Equally important is to observe cleanliness at all places—be it home, locality or workplace. Everybody should actively participate in the Swachh Bharat movement. People need to follow civic rules at all times and at all places.”
Vice President in his Facebook post also highlighted the importance of immunity and physical fitness.
He said, “Undertaking regular exercises, practicing yoga, eating healthy food, protecting nature, and preventing pollution are essential for individual and societal wellbeing.”
“As suggested by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, people must use the present time to make themselves more competent physically as well as emotionally. They should try to become 10 percent fitter physically, 10 percent sharper emotionally and 10 percent more effervescent energetically,” he added.
Vice President also mentioned the need for people to reinforce and uphold India’s age old civilisational values with a focus on empathy and ethical conduct.
He said, “While adopting the latest scientific and technological tools, we should not forget or ignore our cultural ethos and roots.”
Vice President stressed on the need for having proper data on the migrants in the country.
He said, “The governments at the Centre and in the States have taken several measures to alleviate the suffering of the poor and needy, especially migrant workers. The recent events underline the need for having proper data on the migrants in the country.”
“Creating such data will help the governments to impart skills and create employment opportunities to them in their respective places. At the same, there is a need to create awareness among the migrants on the facilities available for their welfare and upliftment,” he added.
While mentioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for Atma Nirbhar Bharat, he said, “The recent call of the Prime Minister Shri Narendrabhai Modi for ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ is meant to motivate every Indian in striving towards building a self-reliant India. We need to find Indian solutions to every challenge and reduce imports in every sector.”
Vice President said that it was time for all of us to undertake an introspection or self-assessment on increasing the usage of Indian products in our daily lives.
“Let us all strive to make the Indian economy self-reliant and resilient to withstand any future crisis,” he added.