Chennai, July 29
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday termed the covid pandemic as ‘unprecedented’ and once-in-a-century crisis and said the country faced it confidently due to its scientists and common people.
There was a “temperament” for reforms in the government, which is not restrictive but responsive, he said about the ruling NDA at the Centre and listed out various reforms, including in the drones and geospatial and infrastructure sectors.
In his address at the 42nd Convocation of Anna University here, the PM described the covid pandemic as “unprecedented” and “once-in-a-century crisis” for which nobody had a user manual.
The pandemic “tested” every country, he added.
“India faced the unknown confidently, thanks to its scientists, health-care workers, professionals and common people. As a result, today every sector in India, whether it is industry, innovation, investment or international trade, is bursting with new life,” he said.
He said the country was at the forefront in every sector and had been converting obstacles into opportunities.
He hailed the removal of retrospective tax and various sectoral reforms for aiding the country in various sectors.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, in his address, hailed the education atmosphere in the state and noted that it stood out in the number of people receiving higher education.
Governor RN Ravi, Union Minister of State L Murugan and Tamil Nadu Higher Education Minister K Ponmudy participated in the event.
A number of students were awarded degrees and medals.