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Japan keen to begin $22.50 million project in Gujarat to turn Alang-Sosiya shipyard in an international-level ship recycling yard

 

A delegation of Japan’s ship owners’ association pays courtesy visit to CM

A high-level delegation of Japan’s ship owners’ association paid a courtesy visit to Chief Minister Narendra Modi today. The delegation expressed eagerness to quickly begin the Japan government’s project on Alang-Sosiya ship yard. The project is about turning the Gujarat’s Alang-Sosiya shipyard into a safe and eco-friendly yard at par with the international norms. The project will be funded by Japan government.

Alang ship recycling yard is, at present, Asia’s biggest shipyard which sees a recycling of about 400 ships annually. Japan has a 40% share in the world’s shipping industry and it is chiefly dependent on China for recycling of ships. The Industries department of Japan government (METI) has carried out a study, according to which the Alang-Sosiya can be transformed into a best shipyard if it is made safer and eco-friendly as per the guidelines of a convention of International Maritime Organization held in Hong Kong. Japan government is keen to initiate this project at the cost of $22.50 million. In this regard, the Maritime Board of Gujarat will prepare a detailed project report and will send it to government of India. Further, the report will be sent to Japan with the government of India’s recommendations.

The delegation comprising the officials of leading companies of shipping industry of Japan included K. Tomoda (Kawasaki), S. Tatsukawa (Mitsui OSK), T Kitayaya (NYK line) along with the officials of Mitsubishi, Nippon, KG, JX Tanker. The delegation was accompanied by MD of Gujarat Maritime Board Pankaj Kumar. The delegation outlined the plan to turn the Alang shipyard into an international-level ship recycling yard.

The Chief Minister talked about the possibilities of creating world-class ship industry in Gujarat keeping in mind the 1600-km long coastline of the state.

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today interacted with Governors of States regarding the Covid-19 situation and ongoing vaccination drive in the country, through video conferencing.

Prime Minister said that in the battle against Covid, along with the vaccines, our values and sense of duty are our biggest strengths. Praising the citizens who participated in this battle last year considering it their duty, he said that the same feeling of Janbhagidari needs to be encouraged now as well. He said that the role of the Governors, through appropriate utilization of their social capacity, thus becomes all the more critical to achieving this. Governors are an important link to ensure better coordination between State Governments and society, he said, adding that the combined power of all community organizations, political parties, NGOs and social institutions needs to be harnessed.

Prime Minister suggested that the Governors can actively engage to ensure that social institutions collaborate seamlessly with the State Governments towards micro containment. He said that their social network can help ensure an increase in the capacity of ambulances, ventilators and oxygen in hospitals. Along with spreading the message about vaccination and treatment, the Governors can also spread awareness about AYUSH related remedies.

Prime Minister noted that our youth, our workforce, is an important part of our economy. Hence, it is important to ensure that our youth follows all Covid related protocols and precautions. He said that the Governors’ role is also critical in ensuring the greater engagement of our students in University campuses towards this Janbhagidari. We also need to focus on better utilization of facilities at University and College campuses, he added. He said that just like last year, NCC and NSS also have a key role to play this year as well. Prime Minister said that the Governors are an important pillar of Janbhagidari in this battle and their coordination with State Governments and guidance to institutions of the State will further strengthen the nation’s resolve.

Discussing the rise in the number of Covid cases, the Prime Minister said that in this stage of the fight against the virus, the country stands to gain from last year’s experience and improved healthcare capacity. He discussed the increase RTPCR testing capacity and noted that the country has become Aatmanirbhar with respect to kits and other material related to testing. All this has led to a reduction in the cost of RTPCR tests also. He added that most of the products related to testing are also available on the GeM portal. Prime Minister emphasized the significance of increasing tracking, tracing and testing, and said that RTPCR testing needs to be increased from 60% to 70%. He said that it is pertinent to ensure that more and more people get tested.

Prime Minister underlined that the government is committed to ensuring adequate availability of vaccines. He highlighted that India has become the fastest nation to reach the landmark of 10 crore vaccinations. Noting the positive impact of Tika Utsav in the last four days, he said that in this period, the vaccination drive was expanded and new vaccination centres also came up.

Interaction

The Vice President of India, Union Home Minister and Union Health Minister also attended the interaction.

The Vice President appreciated the Prime Minister for leading the fight against Covid and his proactive steps to develop the infrastructure required to tackle the pandemic. He also highlighted the scientific community's contribution in giving a vaccine to India and the whole world. He also talked about the contribution of healthcare workers, sanitation workers, and other frontline workers who have played a vital role during the pandemic.

The Vice President called upon the Governors to bring up a coordinated front by leading all-party meetings in their respective states and engaging with civil society organisations to spread awareness about covid-appropriate behaviour. The Vice president said that a 'Team India spirit' cutting across policy lines should be adopted, and in this regard, Governors as the 'Guardians of the State' could guide the State Governments.

Union Home Minister stressed the importance of saving each and every life. Union Health Secretary gave a presentation on Covid cases and vaccination drive. He gave an overview of how India has followed a proactive and pre-emptive approach in this endeavour.

The Governors shared details of how their respective states are tackling the spread of the virus and coordinating activities towards ensuring a smooth implementation of the vaccination drive, while also mentioning the deficiencies of healthcare facilities in the States.

They gave suggestions for further improvement in the efforts and shared plans of how Janbhagidari can be increased through the active social engagement of various groups.