Centre to focus on economic revival, replaces daily health briefing with bulletins

In his 33-minute speech, PM Modi asked people to ensure that our lives do not revolve around the disease as they have been for the last 50-odd days.

The government has decided to suspend the daily health ministry briefings on Covid-19 till Sunday and replace them with health bulletins, a government official said on Tuesday signalling that the change was being made as part of a renewed effort to put the focus back on economic revival and self-reliance.

In his 33-minute speech, PM Modi announced a Rs 20 lakh crore financial package, underscored the need for the country to be self-reliant and also asked people to ensure that our lives do not revolve around the disease as they have been for the last 50-odd days.

The decision to suspend the health ministry briefing and replace it with a ministry bulletin is linked to this sentiment.

A government official told Hindustan Times that there had been a view that the focus should instead turn to resumption of economic activity, self-reliance and the financial package that would help the country achieve this objective.
There would be briefings but the focus would be on the Prime Minister’s self reliant campaign, financial package and the many achievements of India’s science and technology sector.

PM Modi had not spelt out the details of the financial package but left it to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to make the announcement over the next few days.

But PM Modi, who had launched a Make in India campaign, did speak extensively on making India self-reliant and asked people to go for products that are made in India rather than abroad.

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