Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the country was very pained at seeing the dishonour to the Tricolour on Republic Day, pertaining to the religious flag incident at the Red Fort during the farmers’ tractor parade.

In his monthly Mann ki Baat broadcast , Modi also said the govt is committed to modernising agriculture and is taking many steps during this regard.

“In Delhi, on January 26, the country was very pained seeing the dishonour to the Tricolour,” he said.

Thousands of protesting farmers had breached the monument on January 26 after deviating from their tractor rally route triggering a conflict with the police.

In his broadcast, the prime minister also said that India has not only unrolled the world’s largest vaccination drive but is additionally vaccinating its citizens at the fastest rate.

The country has vaccinated over 30 lakh corona warriors in 15 days, he said, adding the US and therefore the UK took 18 and 36 days to succeed in this figure.

He said the govt is committed to modernising agriculture and is taking many steps during this regard. Modi added that the government’s efforts during this direction will continue.

The prime minister’s remarks come amid ongoing protests by thousands of farmers, mostly from Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh , at several border points into Delhi since November-end, demanding a repeal of the three new agri laws and a legal guarantee to the minimum network for his or her crops.

Modi also touched upon the Padma awards announced last week, and said the country has continued the recent tradition of honouring unsung heroes.

The prime minister also hailed the Indian cricket team’s performance in its historic series win in Australia, saying the team’s diligence and teamwork were inspirational. —PTI

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