PM Narendra Modi: Go digital and innovate in the post-coronavirus world

ST Staff
Monday, 20 April 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday appealed to the youth to accept a new business model that assigns importance to care for the poor as well as the globe and arise as the global nerve centre of compound modern supply chains in the post coronavirus world.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday appealed to the youth to accept a new business model that assigns importance to care for the poor as well as the globe and arise as the global nerve centre of compound modern supply chains in the post coronavirus world.

The world is in 'pursuit of new business models today', and India as a nation of youth identified for its innovative enthusiasm can take the lead in providing a new work culture, PM Modi shared his thoughts on his LinkedIn handle.

He appealed to all shop-owners to invest in digital tools, saying, "The "need of the hour is to think of business models that are easily adaptable. Keep commerce connected, especially in times of crisis".

PM Modi said the deadly novel coronavirus has brought with it several problems and has meaningfully altered the outlines of professional life.

"The work place is getting digital-first. And, why not? After all, the most transformational impact of technology often happens in the lives of the poor. It is technology that demolishes bureaucratic hierarchies, eliminates middlemen and accelerates welfare measures," the Prime Minister explained.

He also stated that this infrastructure has helped us in shifting money directly and immediately to the poor, helping crores of families, during the COVID-19 situation.

Reminding from 2014 when BJP came to power, he had said, "We started connecting Indians, especially the poor with their Jan Dhan Account, Aadhar and mobile number. Embracing digital payments is a prime example of adaptability, he said.

PM Modi also stated about telemedicine, adding, "We're already seeing several consultations without actually going to the clinic or hospital. Again, this is a positive sign. Can we think of business models to help further telemedicine across the world? Perhaps, this is the time to think of reimagining what we refer to as being efficient. Let us also develop business models that attach primacy to care for the poor, the most vulnerable as well as our planet."

Prime Minister said that coronavirus does not see race, religion, caste, creed, colour, language or borders before making its mark and that "our response and conduct thereafter should attach primacy to unity and brotherhood".

He, however, mentioned that "we are in this together".

PM Modi said the next big ideas from our country should find global significance and application and that the youth must possess the ability to drive a positive change for the entire humankind.

"India, with the right blend of the physical and the virtual can emerge as the global nerve centre of complex modern multinational supply chains in the post-COVID-19 world. Let us rise to the occasion and seize this opportunity," he concluded.

Meanwhile, the death toll due to coronavirus rose over 550, and the number of cases jumped to 17,000 in the country.

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