Naveen Patnaik: Namaste Modi Ji, my apologies for calling you at 12.15 midnight. I was expecting Corona testing kits by tomorrow but some logistic issues arose and trucks carrying those kits are stuck in Mumbai now. We need them urgently.
Modi: I can understand. Please don’t worry, I will personally see to it and ensure it reaches your state capital sooner.
“Thanks. But I need it by today morning, anyhow!”
“Do you mean within the next 6 hours? ?”
“Yes, I insist, even before the sun rises today. Please get either Mumbai, Pune or Nashik Airport opened for us, ask Air Force to get us one flight and we will airlift the kits to Bhubaneswar. Please don’t let me down. Good night.”
Soon after this phone call last night, PM’s office went busy to make it happen. When one CM is willing to serve his people at any cost, the PMO can’t let him down. Many calls were made, orders were typed and then faxed to various officials and establishments. Arrangements were being made in a great hurry.
And guess what – Nashik airport was temporarily reopened at midnight to make an Air Force flight land, load testing kits, and fly to Bhubaneswar. The flight delivered the kits in Bhubaneswar Airport and then took off to the Air Force base.
When the sun was rising in Odisha today, many government vehicles were already on the roads, driving to different destinations carrying those kits.
That’s how Naveen Patnaik is working to protect his state people from Covid19.
And this is how Modi and the PMO are working 24×7 to help and facilitate resources to all states in India.