Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that violence, abuse, and rude behavior against frontline workers like doctors, nurses, and sanitation workers are not acceptable.
Speaking on the 25th Foundation Day of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Karnataka via video conference, the Prime Minister said: “I am aware of an area that is of great concern to you all. Due to a mob mentality, those working on frontlines, those on duty be it doctors, nurses, safai workers are subject to violence.”
“I want to state this clearly – Violence, abuse and rude behavior against frontline workers is not acceptable. Steps have been taken to protect you against any form of violence. We have also provided an insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh for those on the frontline,” he added.
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“Today the world is facing one of the biggest crises after two world wars. Just as the world changed to pre and post-world wars, in the same way, the COVID world will be different before and after. At such times The world is visible. With hope and gratitude to our doctors, nurses, medical staff, and the scientific community, “Modi said.
“The world wants both care and treatment from you. It is the hard work of the medical community and our Corona warriors in India’s bravery battle against COVID-19. In fact, doctors and medical staff are soldiers, but without soldiers’ uniforms. The virus may be an invisible enemy but our corona warriors, medical workers, are invincible. In the battle of the invisible against the invincible, our medical workers are sure to win,” the Prime Minister said.
In April, the central government brought an ordinance to end violence against health workers, imprisoning those convicted for up to seven years, a cognizable, non-bailable offense.