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PM Modi reaches out to community leaders to tackle vaccine hesitancy

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday interacted with leaders representing religious and social organisations, discussed the Covid situation, and exhorted them to work with the government to tackle vaccine hesitancy.

The PM also asked the leaders to be a part of the celebration of 75 years of Independence and asserted that “we should work toward uniting the entire length and breadth of the nation through a Bharat Jodo Aandolan (Unite India Movement), and showcase the true spirit of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’”.

Modi said the deliberation, held over video conferencing, was another example of society and government working together for the benefit of the country.

He appreciated the work done by these organisations towards meeting the challenges posed by COVID-19, a PMO statement said.

According to the statement, Modi said during the interaction that the help provided to people during the pandemic was beyond caste or religious considerations and was a shining example of “Ek Bharat-Eknishtha Prayas”.

Modi asked them to work in collaboration with the government, especially in areas where there is high vaccine hesitancy. This will go a long way in helping health workers reach every citizen, he noted.

The interaction was attended by Salim Engineer, Convenor, Kendriya Dharmik Jan Morcha and vice president, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind; Maha Rishi Peethadheeshwar Goswami Sushil Maharaj, national convenor, Bharatiya Sarv Dharam Sansad, Uttar Pradesh; Swami Omkaranand Saraswati, Peethadheeshwar, Omkar Dhaam, New Delhi; Singh Sahib Giani Ranjit Singh, Chief Granthi, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, New Delhi; Dr M D Thomas, founding director, Institute of Harmony & Peace Studies, New Delhi; and Swami Veer Singh Hitkari, president, All India Ravidasiya Dharam Sangathan.

Swami Sampat Kumar, Galta Peeth, Jaipur; Acharya Vivek Muni, president, International Mahavir Jain Mission, New Delhi; Dr A K Merchant, national trustee and secretary, Lotus Temple and Indian Baha’i Community, New Delhi; Swami Shantatmanand, president, Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi; and Sister B K Asha, Om Shanti Retreat Centre, Haryana, also participated in the interaction.

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