New Delhi: As India entered into fifth week of nationwide lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed nation through his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ and said that India’s fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic is ‘people-driven’. Also Read - Mann Ki Baat: 'Our Fight Against COVID-19 People-Driven', Says PM; Praises India's 'Team Spirit'

The Prime Minister also emphasised to eradicate the habit of ‘spitting in public’. “Look around, you will see how India has taken up a people-drive battle against COVID-19. India’s fight against COVID-19 is people-driven. Every Indian is a soldier in this fight,” Modi said. Also Read - Mann Ki Baat LIVE Updates: 'Do Gaj Doori Bahut Hai Zaruri', PM Modi Stresses on Social Distancing to Contain COVID-19 Spread



Here are the highlights from PM Modi’s 64th Mann Ki Baat

Wearing masks part of lives: In the changed paradigm due to Corona, masks are becoming a part of our lives. We were never used to seeing so many people around us in masks but we are now getting used to that reality”, said PM



2 gaj duri bahut hai zaruri: Stressing on social distancing, PM Modi said,”do gaj doori bahut hai zaruri (2-feet distance is very important) to contain COVID-19 spread.

Get rid of spitting in public: “Spitting just about anywhere presents a serious challenge both to cleanliness and to health. This problem just refused to get addressed by our society. But it is now time to get rid of this problem once and for all”, said PM

Efforts of state governments commendable:  PM Modi commends the efforts of State Governments who while working in tandem with the Central Government, are proactively alleviating issues arising due to the pandemic.

Digital platform — covidwarriors.gov.in- PM Modi announces launch of the portal http://covidwarriors.gov.in, linking all those fighting this crisis on a common platform. PM exhorts all citizens to join CovidWarriors on the platform http://covidwarriors.gov.in and give further momentum to the fight against the pandemic.

Taali, thaali & diya’ initiatives kept spirits high: When people talk about this period they will talk about our people driven initiatives. Our ‘taali, thaali & diya’ initiatives have kept spirits high.

One entity against the Corona virus crisis: Referring to the recent engagements by the citizens, Prime Minister Modi said that they are reflective of a common resolve of a nation to stand together, shoulder to shoulder as One entity against the Corona virus crisis.

Aviation and railways setting example: PM Modi lauds aviation and railways for working relentlessly in providing humanitarian relief during the pandemic.

-Stellar role of law enforcement agencies: Referring to the stellar role being played by law enforcement agencies in combating the Covid-19 pandemic, Modi said that the citizens have now connected with the police force on an emotional level.

Youth should explain India’s traditional principles to world: “Instead of presenting our traditional principles with evidence based research, we just ignore them and consider them inferior. India’s youth will have to resolve to do this and explain these principles to the world in a scientific language”, said PM