New Delhi: As the number of coronavirus cases in the country is on the rise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday interacted with representatives of organisations working towards social welfare and appreciated their efforts in the fight against the pandemic. Also Read - 'Your Call Will Strengthen India', PM Modi Lauds Omar Abdullah For Avoiding Gathering on Uncle's Demise

Speaking to them through video conferencing, PM Modi said the social organisations have a big role to play in countering superstitions, beliefs and misinformation regarding COVID-19. Also Read - 'Yoga With Modi': PM Shares The 'Secret' That is Keeping Him Fit During Lockdown

“In the name of beliefs, people have been seen gathering in places and flouting social distancing norms. It is necessary to further spread the importance of maintaining social distancing to check the spread of the virus,” PM Modi said. Also Read - Hindus Denied Food Supplies in Pakistan's Karachi, Indians Slam Imran Khan & Appeal PM Modi For Help

He also told them that the whole nation is displaying immense resilience, grit and patience in facing the challenge of COVID-19.

Recalling that Mahatma Gandhi used to say that serving the poor and downtrodden is the best way to serve the nation, Pm Modi praised the dedication and commitment of the participating organisation towards serving the humanity.

PM Modi also observed that these organisations have three distinct specialities such as humane approach, massive reach and connect with people and a service mindset, due to which they are trusted implicitly.

“The nation is facing an unprecedented crisis and needs the service of these organizations and their resources like never before. These organizations can play a huge role in arranging for basic necessities for the poor, and can also dedicate their medical facilities and volunteers to serving patients and the needy,” he said.

In his address, PM Modi also highlighted that the nation needs both short-term measures and a long-term vision to overcome the challenge.