INDIA’S POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON WORLD DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
“The positive mind brings positive vibes and positive vibes bring positive life.”
The commendable role played by India in the global fight against COVID-19 has been recognized and appreciated widely. The Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan has been elected as Chairman of the Executive Board of World Health Organization for the year 2020-21. This took place during the 147th session of the Executive Board, in a meeting that was held virtually. He takes over from Dr. Hiroki Nakatani of Japan.
- In February 2020, India imported PPE kits from China because we had no local PPE manufacturing capability. But when joint efforts were taken by various Ministries like the Ministry of Textile with the country’s private manufacturer under the Aatmnirbhar Bharat Abhiyan or self-reliant mission, India becomes the world’s 2nd largest PPE kit producer in just two months as well as the world’s first reusable PPE suits.
- Namaste gesture is adopted by the whole world to greet anybody in this corona crisis. Even the prime minister of Israel Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu asked their people to say ‘Namaste’, which was a proud moment for India.
- Indian pharma industries are continuously working on the development and up-gradation of corona vaccines in collaboration with foreign companies.
- Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said India’s research and vaccine manufacturing capabilities would help the world in fighting coronavirus.
- World Economic Forum’s Founder and Chairman Klaus Schwab said India stands out as an essential component to a concrete global action plan being readied to fight Covid-19, including for large-scale vaccine manufacturing.
- The Serum Institute of India (SII), the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer by volume currently producing 150 crores dosage of covi-shield annually, which will increase to 250 crores by the end of the year 2021.
- Under the mission Vaccine Maitri’’ (Vaccine Friendship) India has forwarded its helping hand by providing free vaccine to the neighboring and other countries in the world.
- In accordance with the ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy enunciated by Modi at the beginning of his first term in 2014, Bhutan and Maldives became the first two countries to receive 150,000 and 100,000 vaccines respectively, on January 20, 2021. Bangladesh and Nepal received two million and one million doses on January 21. Myanmar received 1.5 million doses, Seychelles 50,000 doses, and Mauritius 100,000 doses on January 22.
- The two million doses gifted by India to Bangladesh were the single largest consignment of vaccines provided by India to any country.
- India’s vaccine assistance reached Nepal within a week of a request made by the Nepalese Foreign Minister during his visit to New Delhi on January 15, 2021.
- Brazil and Morocco also got 2 million doses each on January 22. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro thanked PM Modi for sending the vaccine supplies and equated the gesture with that of Lord Hanuman bringing the holy ‘Sanjeevani’. PM Roosevelt Skerrit of the Dominican Republic called for assistance from India ‘with great humility and respect to make our population safe’.
Aatmnirbhar Bharat Abhiyan
Aatmnirbhar Bharat Abhiyan in India or Self-reliant India is a scheme initiated by India’s Government on 12th May 2020. Under this scheme stimulus package worth Rs 20 lakh crore got allotted for different sectors to impede this pandemic’s adverse effects. It is an economic relief package that has emerged as a light at the end of the tunnel for various uprooted sectors and people. As the name suggests, the Aatmnirbhar Bharat scheme aims at making the people of India and the Nation self-sufficient in every manner by relying more on local goods rather than imported goods. The scheme facilitates to the conversion of the period of crisis into opportunity by availing the means of livelihood, reliefs, and exemptions to many.
The Five pillars of Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan focus on:
- Vibrant Demography and
The Five phases of Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan focus are:
- Phase-I: Businesses including MSMEs
- Phase-II: Poor, including migrants and farmers
- Phase-III: Agriculture
- Phase-IV: New Horizons of Growth
- Phase-V: Government Reforms and Enablers
The key highlights of the Aatmnirbhar Bharat Abhiyan in India are:
- Rs 40,000 Crore Increase In Allocation For MGNREGS Boosts Employment Amongst The Masses And Uproot The Work Issue.
- Increased Rate Of Investments In Public Health And Other Health Reforms To Prepare People Of India For Future Pandemics
- Technology-Driven Education With Equity Under Aatm Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan In India.
- Enhanced Ease Of Doing Business Through IBC Related Measures Under Aatmnirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
- Decriminalization Of Companies Act Defaults
- Ease Of Doing Business For Corp-Orates Under Aatm Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan In India.
- Public Sector Enterprise Policy For A Self-Reliant India Under Aatmnirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
- Increased Borrowing Limits Of States From 3% To 5% For 2020-21 Only & Promoting State-Level Reforms Under Aatm Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.