PM calls for unity in COVID-19 response 

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He reached out to young professionals for business solutions that ‘engage a large segment of Indians’ 

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to networking site LinkedIn to speak to young professionals that adapting to new technology in the times of COVID-19 can help create new business models and lead to the engagement of a large segment of Indians, including the poor, with technical solutions. 
  • COVID-19 does not see race, religion, colour, caste, creed, language or border before striking. Our response and conduct, therefore, should attach primacy to unity and brotherhood. 
  • Most meetings, be it with ministerial colleagues, officials and world leaders, are now via video-conferencing. The need of the hour is to think of business and lifestyle models that are easily adaptable. 
  • Doing so would mean that even in a time of crisis, our offices, businesses and commerce could get moving faster, ensuring loss of life does not occur.  
  • Today, the world is in pursuit of new business models, adding that India, a youthful nation known for its innovative zeal, can take the lead in providing a new work culture. 
  • The most “transformational impact” of technology, often happens in the lives of the poor. It is technology that diminishes bureaucratic hierarchies, eliminated middlemen and accelerated welfare measures. 
  • This seemingly simple connection has not only stopped corruption and rent-seeking, which had been going on for decades, but also enabled the government to transfer money at the click of a button.  
  • 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. 
  • Logistics were only seen from the prism of roads and highways, but these two can be worked out from the comfort of one’s home. 
  • Also stressed that efficiency, adaptability, inclusivity and universalism should be the watch words of the “vowels of the new normal.” 
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