Home Minister Amit Shah has said that India is leading a successful fight in managing the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. He said, the battle against COVID-19 is being carried out under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with people’s participation. The Home Minister said this while launching the Central Armed Police Forces-CAPFs nationwide tree plantation drive at Gurugram in Haryana today.
He said, at a time when the health services of even the most developed countries were collapsing under its impact, the whole world was concerned how would India, such a big and densely populated country with a federal structure fight this pandemic. He said, but today the most successful fight against this pandemic has been fought in India.
Mr Shah said, we are on a strong pedestal in the fight against COVID-19 under the leadership of the Prime Minister with the motto ‘One People, One Thought, One Nation’.
The Home Minister said, across the world only governments are fighting this pandemic, but in India, 130 crore people besides State Governments are united in fighting this threat. He said, nowhere across the country, there is a state of panic and in fact we are committed to facing this challenge and are resolute in overcoming this pandemic.
He said, in this fight, Central Armed Police Forces are playing a very important role, whether it be markets, railway stations whether State governments have sought support in managing crowded places or the local police sought the support in enforcing the lockdown.
The Union Home Minister saluted the Corona Warriors of the CAPF who not only provide security and faught terrorism, but also set an example before the nation and the world by being during deployment on COVID-19 duty, without bothering about their own life and safety.
Mr Shah said, the nationwide CAPF tree plantation drive has set a target of 1.37 crore saplings. He said, we should harness natural resources and not exploit them. The Home Minister said, however, today due to consumerism, this balance has been disturbed and as a result, we are facing the challenges of Climate Change and Global Warming.
Emphasising on the important role played by trees in reducing pollution, Mr Shah said that various varieties of saplings have been chosen in this plantation drive such as peepal, jamun, neem, vatavriksha, burgud based on their oxygen giving capability and abilities to survive in different seasons. He said, several programmes are being run on environmental protection but only tree plantation can check pollution and save the Earth.
Mr Shah said the Prime Minister, Mr Modi participated in the Paris World Environment Summit where he cautioned the world against over exploitation of nature and the world accepted the Modi Formula in the Paris Declaration on tackling Climate Change.
Mr Shah concluded his address by saying that the CAPFs must ensure that the tree plantation drive should not be seen as the conclusion. He said, it must be ensured that the saplings are taken care of till they are able to sustain on their own. Mr Shah said, the CAPFs have lost more than 31 Jawans to the pandemic and paid respects to them on this occasion.