When an alert Narendra Modi saved the lives of DD journalists and camerapersons

Published By : Admin | September 16, 2016 | 23:47 IST

The alertness of Shri Narendra Modi ensured the lives of journalists and camerapersons were saved at a programme in Jamnagar district in Gujarat on 30th August 2016.

The occasion was the launch of the SAUNI Yojana, an ambitious irrigation related project that will help mitigate the water problems in the water scarce Saurashtra region of Gujarat.

As the Prime Minister and other authorities, including Chief Minister Vijay Rupani were seeing the exhibits and pushing the button to start the flow of water from the dam, Shri Modi noticed that there were still some people who were standing on the downstream side. The cameramen were blissfully unaware of the risky atmosphere they were standing in. It was at this time that Shri Modi, by raising and clapping his hands alerted them and urged them to move out. This saved precious lives just at the right time.

One of the cameramen, while talking to a news agency said that the Prime Minister has given him a new life.

Shri Modi’s alertness has time and again been the subject of much appreciation.

On 5th April 2015, when the Prime Minister was in Vigyan Bhavan to attend a conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices, a photographer fell down. The person who lent him a helping hand was none other than Shri Narendra Modi. Even this anecdote has become widely popular.



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