New Delhi: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today interacted with the members from Rotary International through Video Conference. He was happy to know that the Rotary family has been working tirelessly to support and strengthen India’s fight against Covid19.
They discussed several aspects of the COVID-19 situation in the sub-continent and its impact on human health and economies. Pradhan elaborated on how Hon. PM Narendra Modi has led from the front in fighting the pandemic and in mitigating the impact of the coronavirus challenge.
“PM Narendra Modi Ji’s pre-emptive approach and strong measures have helped India respond better to the #Covid19 challenge. Despite having a similar population as compared to the total population of the 15 countries most impacted by the novel coronavirus, India has fared better,” Pradhan said.
The Union Minister was also pleased to know that the Rotary family has stood in solidarity in response to the pandemic and are helping those in need. Distributing meals, sanitizers, and face masks to the poor, they are also providing emotional support to people feeling the effects of isolation and fear.
The members also had exchanges on how the world is undergoing a digital transformation, which is making way for new normals that were unimaginable before.
In this new-age, technology, automation, digital, and e-learning have opened new vistas for us to keep us connected. Skilling, especially in the digital space has assumed greater importance today. Pradhan urged Rotary members to take bigger initiatives in this sector to help enhance digital literacy and further help inculcate digital skills in our youths to prepare them for the future.
“Digital divide has reared its ugly head amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. All of us can play a part in bridging this digital divide by donating our old, unused digital equipment to the underprivileged to help the less fortunate ones with the means to stay connected,’ said Pradhan.
Union Minister also requested his friends from the Rotary Intl to promote Aarogya Setu Application for effective tracking and tackling of Covid-19 in India.
As Rotary Intl is working on several initiatives in India, Pradhan requested them to focus more on the 115 aspirational districts for more inclusive and equitable growth.
“I appreciate and value the commitment of Rotary Intl in serving humanity. Urged the Rotary family to continue with their excellent work in championing the cause of a healthier planet and building an Aatmanirbhar Bharat. Together, all of us will emerge stronger,” the Union Minister concluded.
Rotary members across India have contributed Rs 105 crores in the PM CARES Fund to support Honb’le. PM in the fight against Covid-19. They are also actively working on the ground to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 by supporting preparedness and response activities.