Greeting the nation on the eve of India’s 72nd Republic Day, President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday gave assurance that the federal government is dedicated to farmers’ welfare, saying “every Indian is grateful to them for ensuring food security in our vast country.”
“Every Indian salutes our farmers, who have made our vast and populous country self-reliant in food-grains and dairy products. Despite adversities of nature, numerous other challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic, our farmers sustained the agricultural production,” he mentioned in his deal with and sought to allay their fears over the three contentious farm legal guidelines. “A grateful nation is fully committed to the welfare of our farmers,” he mentioned.
President Kovind additionally asserted that the nation’s Armed Forces are “adequately mobilised” in a “well-coordinated” move to thwart any try and undermine nationwide safety, and recalled how its valiant troopers foiled the “expansionist” plans by China in Ladakh final yr. Kovind’s remarks come following the ninth spherical of Corps Commander Level Meeting between India and China on January 24.
Paying tributes to the 20 Indian troopers who laid down their lives at Galwan valley in japanese Ladakh final June throughout clashes with the Chinese troops, the President mentioned the previous yr “was a time of adversity, and it came from many fronts.”
“We faced an expansionist move on our borders, but our valiant soldiers foiled it. To achieve this objective, 20 of them had to lay down their lives.” Kovind mentioned the nation shall stay grateful to these courageous troopers.
The President mentioned that like hardworking farmers guarantee meals safety for the nation, the courageous troopers of the Armed Forces guarantee safety of our nationwide boundaries amid the severest circumstances. “From the freezing cold at Siachen and Galwan valley in Ladakh with temperatures as low as minus 50 to 60 degree Celsius to the scorching heat in Jaisalmer with temperatures as high as 50 degree Celsius on land, in the skies and at the vast coastal areas — our warriors are vigilant every moment. Every citizen feels proud about the bravery, patriotism and the spirit of sacrifice among our soldiers,” he mentioned.
On the nation’s efforts to struggle COVID-19, Kovind mentioned that scientists, together with docs, directors and folks from different walks of life, have made main contributions in containing the virus and maintaining the fatality price decrease in our nation, in contrast with that in developed international locations.
Kovind added India is rightfully being known as the “pharmacy of the world” because it has not solely rolled out vaccination for the home inhabitants however can also be supplying it to a number of different international locations.
He additionally urged individuals to utilise the “lifeline” supplied by the COVID-19 vaccine and get inoculated as per pointers. “Your health opens the way for your advancement.”
“From space to the farms, from educational institutions to hospitals, the community of scientists has enriched our life and work. Our scientists have been working day and night for decoding the Coronavirus and they have succeeded in developing the vaccine in record time. With this accomplishment, our scientists have added a glorious chapter of contribution to the well-being of humanity,” Kovind mentioned in his deal with.
Indians have been like a close-knit household, making exemplary sacrifices to guard one another within the face of the widespread enemy of coronavirus, he mentioned. “I am thinking here of doctors, nurses, paramedics, healthcare administrators and sanitation workers who put their own lives at risk to care for Covid-19 patients. Some of them even lost their lives. Along with them, about 1.5 lakh people became victims of this pandemic. I convey my condolences to the bereaved families,” he added.
(With inputs from PTI)