NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday interacted with journalists and stakeholders from the print media regarding the novel coronavirus pandemic and said it is imperative to keep the fighting spirit of the people up PM Modi also emphasised the need to tackle the spread of pessimism, negativity and rumour-mongering to tackle the spread of coronavirus.
During his interaction with the media persons via video conference, the Prime Minister appreciated the "praise-worthy" role that media has played in disseminating information to every nook and cranny of this nation.
Saying that the network of media is pan-India and spread across cities and villages, PM Modi highlighted how the media is all the more significant in fighting this challenge and spreading correct information about it at a micro level.
PM Modi, in his interaction with the journalists, asked the media to act as a link between government and people, and provide continuous feedback, at both national and regional level.
He also underlined the importance of social distancing, asking media to generate awareness about its importance, inform people about the lockdown decision by states, and also highlight the impact of spread of the virus, through inclusion of international data and case studies about other countries in the papers.
Underlining that it is imperative to keep the fighting spirit of the people up; PM emphasized that it was important to tackle the spread of pessimism, negativity and rumour mongering. "Citizens need to be assured that the government is committed to countering the impact of COVID-19," he added.
Union minister of information & broadcasting and secretary also participated in the interaction.