"The mindset of free India should be 'vocal for local'. We should appreciate our local products, if we don't do this then our products will not get the opportunity to do better and will not get encouraged," he added.
Mentioning border tensions in Ladakh, without naming China, Modi said nobody could undermine the sovereignty of India as brave Indian soldiers were giving befitting reply to aggressors in their own language. “From LoC to LAC (reference to the line of control with Pakistan and the line of actual control with China, respectively), wherever someone has tried to undermine the security of the country, our brave soldiers have given them a befitting reply in their own language.”
The prime minister also said that a time of crisis like the present one (in the context of the coronavirus
pandemic) also called for massive infrastructure development to provide opportunities to people of the country. He mentioned the ambitious Golden Quadrilateral projected mooted by former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee and said we needed to take that forward in a bigger way. “We cannot work in silos any longer. There is a need for integrated approach to nation building through infrastructure development. It’s time to build a common, integrated multi-modal infrastructure where there is interconnection among road transport, highways, waterways and ports.”
As for the development of a vaccine against Covid-19, Modi said, at a time when the entire world was eagerly waiting for a positive news on coronavirus
vaccine, India had not one but three vaccines under trial. As and when a green signal came from scientists, the government would make sure that the vaccine or vaccines reached each Indian expeditiously.
Launching the National
Digital Health Mission (NDHM), he said that the coronavirus pandemic had highlighted the need to work of the healthcare
system and the government was committed to strengthening it and making it accessible to every citizen of the country. "From today, a new campaign is going to start in the country. It is the National
Digital Health Mission, which will bring a new revolution in the health sector in India," he said. Under NDHM, Indians would get a unique health card which will be interoperable. "One health ID will have the information of every test, every disease, every medicine that was prescribed to you by a doctor, and you’re your reports were," Modi added.
The prime minister also hailed those at the frontline of the battle against coronavirus, saying “corona warriors have lived the mantra of 'Seva Parmo Dharma' and served the people of the country.”
Modi also said that foreign direct investments (FDI) coming into India had risen to a record high, even as the world was reeling from a health crisis and the consequent economic crisis. This, he said, went on to prove the might of India’s economy and the promise global countries saw in investing in India. "Today, many big companies are turning towards India. We have to move forward with the mantra of ‘Make for the world’ along with Make in India’," the PM added.
He also stated that country had progressed in all fields in past six years and added that "be it providing every household with electricity, cooking gas, creating bank accounts for the poor or building toilets in all houses, India has progressed a lot in every field in the last six years."