India stepped out to help needy around the world during pandemic: EAM Jaishankar
External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar virtually addressed the CII Annual Session 2021 on August 12. While addressing the event, EAM Jaishankar said that amid COVID pandemic, India stepped out with medical and food supplies going for those in need. "In that period (when COVID first spread) we stood out for 2 reasons - one, we were decisive and largely effective in what we did. COVID caught us when our health infrastructure was very rudimentary, especially in terms of what we needed to do for COVID," said EAM Jaishankar. "All of that was erected out of nothing at that time and everybody stepped forward, I think Industry did a magnificent job, Govt did everything it could to motivate people to get everybody to understand the seriousness of what happened. We were one country that stepped out, helped others, sent out medicines, sent out medical teams, kept food supplies going for those for whom this was very important, like the Gulf. So there was a lot. Today I get expressions of gratitude for what we did during that period," he added.