21 Feb 2023

Operation Dost: PM Modi hails NDRF Personnel, Says Entire World Is One family For Us

New Delhi: The Prime Minister interacted with the National Disaster Response Force personnel involved in ‘Operation Dost’ in earthquake-hit Türkiye and Syria.

Addressing the personnel, the Prime Minister lauded them for their great work in ‘Operation Dost’ in earthquake-hit Turkey and Syria. The Prime Minister elaborated on the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. He said in Türkiye and Syria the Indian team reflected the spirit of the entire world being one family for us. 

Wherever we reach with the 'Tiranga', there is a hope assurance

The PM said India has nurtured its selflessness along with its self-sufficiency. He said wherever there is a disaster in the world, India is found ready as a first responder. Modi said wherever we reach with the 'Tiranga', there is an assurance that now that the Indian teams have arrived, the situation will start getting better. 

Modi said we have to strengthen our identity as the best relief and rescue team in the world. The better our own preparation, the better we will be able to serve the world.

Highlighting the importance of quick response time during a natural calamity, the Prime Minister referred to the ‘Golden Hour’ and said that the speedy response of the NDRF team in Turkiye drew the attention of the entire world. He said that the quick response highlights the preparedness and training skills of the team. 

Modi remembers 2001 Gujarat quake

Remembering the 2001 earthquake in Gujarat and recalling his time as a volunteer there, the Prime Minister underlined the difficulty of the task of removing rubble and finding people below that and how the entire medical system was hit as the hospital itself had collapsed in Bhuj. 

The Prime Minister also recalled the Machhu Dam tragedy in 1979. “On the basis of my experiences in these calamities, I can appreciate your hard work, spirit and emotions. Today I salute you all.”, the Prime Minister said. 

Concluding the address, the Prime Minister lauded the efforts and experiences of the NDRF team and said that even though they were carrying out rescue operations in the field, he had always been connected with them over the past 10 days through the mind and heart.

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