NEW DELHI: When Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Air India One landed in Delhi early Friday morning, he had clocked approximately 33,737 kilometres, covering five countries on three continents over six days. Modi held over 40 meetings during his travels but Friday was no different. He was at South Block within hours to chair three key meetings besides meeting ministers to enquire about the drought situation and the monsoon.
Reports of the PM’s back-to-back meetings went viral on Twitter with users commenting that Modi never seemed to be jet-lagged. Some called him a ‘taskmaster’, who slept three nights on Air India One and returned the sixth day after visiting five countries. Some admired his stamina while one user said he could write a book on curing jet lag. Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, who met Modi said the PM had reviewed progress relating to ‘Vikas Parv’. “5 Countries, 6 Days, 40 Meetings...PM is looking relaxed... Working as usual.. Never tired... Great energy,” he tweeted.
Modi’s first meeting pertained to the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, to be held in New Delhi in November. This was followed by a meeting to review the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) with senior security and intelligence officials briefing Modi about the ambitious project. Modi also chaired a meeting reviewing aspects relating to the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems.