Happy Birthday PM Narendra Modi! Centre aims 1.5 crore vaccinations today
New Delhi : On the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 71st birthday, the government is aiming to hit the vaccination record. A 20-day mega event - "Seva and Samarpan Abhiyan" - has also been planned by PM Modi's party, the BJP, to mark his "20 years in public service".
"Let's do #VaccineSeva and give him (PM Modi) birthday gift by getting vaccinated those who have not taken the dose so far," Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said yesterday, urging people to get the shots.
The ruling BJP party has urged people to get the vaccination shot and asked state officials to double the daily rate for record vaccination. The BJP, which is eyeing a target of more than 1.5 crore vaccinations, has trained around eight lakh volunteers.
During the 20-day mega outreach programme that will continue till October 7 - Narendra Modi was sworn in as Gujarat Chief Minister on that day in 2001 - the party will hold massive cleanliness and blood donation campaigns, and send five crore postcards to the Prime Minister to congratulate him for his efforts as "party members commit themselves to public service".
Interestingly, the party has also announced that all the gifts which will be received by PM Narendra Modi on his birthday will be put on auction on the government's website - pmmemontos.gov.in.
The BJP has been celebrating PM Modi's birthday as "Seva Diwas" (Service Day) since 2014 when he became the Prime Minister.