On 19 April, 2020 the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has shared his views on Linkedin on the life in the era of COVID-19 which would be insightful to youngsters and professionals.
Following the text of the PM Modi is:
“COVID-19 has brought many disruptions and has significantly changed the contours of professional life. During this period, home is the new office, internet is the new meeting room and office breaks with colleagues are history. And the same is followed by PM Modi, most meetings with minister colleagues, officials and world leaders are now via video conferencing. To know the feedback from ground level video conference meetings with NGOs, civil society, groups and community organisations, Radio Jockeys and several sections of society.
Few creative videos by film stars conveying a relevant message of staying home, online concert, players played chess digitally and all this contributed to fight against COVID-19 is quite innovative.
The 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. For example, PM Modi government in 2014 started connecting Indians especially the poor with their Jan Dhan Account, Aadhar and Mobile number, this step has not only stopped corruption and rent seeking that was going for decades but also enable the government to transfer money at the click of a button. This click f button has replaced multiple levels of hierarchies on the file and also weeks of delay.
India has perhaps largest such infrastructure in the world. This infrastructure has helped tremendously in transferring money directly and immediately to the poor and needy, benefiting crores of families, during the COVID-19 situation.
One of the important pint is education sector, there are many outstanding professionals innovating in this sector. The government of India has also taken steps such as DIKSHA Portal to help teachers and boost e- learning. SWAYAM aimed at improving access, equity and quality of education. E-Pathshala which is available in many languages, enables access to various e-books and such learning material.
PM Modi calls it a new business model and envision this new business and work culture being redefined on the following vowels:
The need of the hour is to think of business and lifestyle models that are easily adaptable and doing this in a time of crisis, our offices, businesses and commerce could get moving faster ensuring loss of life does not occur. Digital payment is a prime example of adaptability. Shop owners big and small should invest in digital tools that keep commerce connected.
Telemedicine is also an example of adaptability, as we can observe several consultations without actually going to the clinic or hospital.
Perhaps, this is the time to think of reimaging what we refer to as being efficient. Efficiency cannot only be about how much time was spent in the office. We should pla for productivity and efficiency matter more than appearance of effort. The focus should be on completing task in the specified time frame.
Business models must be developed in a manner that attach primacy to care for the poor, the most vulnerable as well as our planet. The major progress in combating climate changes can be observed during this pandemic, Mother Nature has demonstrated to us her magnificence showing us how quickly it can flourish when human activity is slower. There is a significant future in developing technologies and practices that reduce our impact on the planet.
COVID-19 has made us realise the need to work on health solutions at low cost and large scale. We can become a guiding light for global efforts to ensure the health and well being of humanity.
Every crisis brings with it an opportunity, COVID-19 is no different, we can analyse new areas of opportunities and growth.
COVID-19 does not see race, religion, colour, caste, creed, language or border before striking, so our response should attach to unity and brotherhood. We all are in this together. The next big ideas from India should find global relevance and application. They should have the ability to drive a positive change not merely for India but for the entire humankind.
Logistics was previously only seen through the prism of physical infrastructure –roads, warehouses, ports. But logistical experts these days can control global supply chains through the comfort of their own homes.”