Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (June 27) addressed the nation through his monthly radio programme Mann ki Baat at 11 AM. This was the 78th episode of the radio show and today's episode came few days after India launched the next phase of the largest COVID-19 vaccination drive in the world.

The prime minister started his 'Mann Ki Baat' with Olympics quiz and then remembered the legendary athlete Milkha Singh, who passed away recently. "When talking about the Olympics, how can we not remember Milkha Singh Ji. When he was hospitalised, I got a chance to speak to him, I had requested him to motivate the athletes going for Tokyo Olympics," he said.

PM Modi also urged people to overcome vaccine hesitancy and said, “I have taken both doses. My Mother is almost hundred years old, she has taken both vaccines too. Please do not believe any negative rumours relating to vaccines.”

"The battle we the countrymen are fighting against corona is continuing…but in this fight, together, we've achieved many an extraordinary milestone! Just a few days ago, our country accomplished an unprecedented feat. We should all get vaccinated and encourage others to overcome the hesitancy," said PM Modi.

In an apparent effoert to end the hesitation of the people to get jabbed, the prime minister spoke to people from Dulariya village, Betul district, Madhya Pradesh and said, "I want to tell villagers to get rid of vaccine fear. There are many villages in India that are 100% vaccinated."

The prime minister also thanked the frontline warriors for working tirelessly in order to combat the coronavirus pandemic. PM Modi paid tributes to those who lost their life due to the virus and said people should wear mask, practice social distancing and follow Covid-appropriate behaviour in order to pay their tribute to the fallen COVID warriors.

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