Mann ki Baat LIVE updates: Apologise for these harsh steps, says PM Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown on Monday. (File Photo)

Mann ki Baat LIVE updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the nation in his monthly radio program 'Mann ki Baat' apologised for the harsh decision of a 21-day nationwide lockdown. "The fight against coronavirus is a life and death battle, and tough decisions were necessary," he said. "Social distancing is the first step to fight coronavirus, but it doesn't mean that we reduce social interaction," he added.

On Monday, the Prime Minister announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown to fight the virus and curb its spread. However, since the lockdown, thousands of migrant labourers, who have lost their jobs, are on the move, going back to their villages.

The prime minister's month-end program 'Mann ki Baat' was broadcast on DD national, All India Radio, and his app. Akashvani will broadcast the program in regional languages right after the Hindi one finishes.