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CM asks Centre to consider the BPL list of Tendulkar committee

Central government will not be able to enjoy power for more if it ignores the basic needs of poor: CM

Addressing the 1.35 lakh poor beneficiaries Garib Kalyan Melas (GKM) of 26 talukas through video conferencing today Chief Minister Narendra Modi said the original figure of BPL families in Gujarat is 32 lakh, but the Centre counts it ten lakh less than the original and provides 4.5 lakh ton less food-grain to the BPL families of Gujarat.

“The Centre is also doing injustice to the poor families of Gujarat by putting 32% cut on kerosene supply. The Central government will not be able to enjoy power for more if it ignores the basic needs of poor”, he said.

Chief Minister said the State government will ensure that not a single true beneficiary remains without his due benefits. “The government will also make sure that not a single false beneficiary takes away the benefits that are not his”, he said.

Mr. Modi said the State government has come up with Rs.40,000 crore of new package for Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojna and has implemented Rs.21,000 crore package for the seafarers. The State also has a package of Rs.25,000 crore for the welfare of urban poor. The state government will give Rs.18,000 ton edible palmolein oil on concessional rate to poor families during the festival days.

Regarding various pro-poor schemes the Chief Minister said that with a view to save the poor from malnutrition the state government gives fortified food to 80 lakh school children, anganwadi kids, poor pregnant women and girls. The state government provides lakhs of tons of food-grain, oil, wheat, rice etc to the poor.

The Central government seems to have no concern for soaring prices of essential commodities even when it has become a matter of great distress for the poor families, he said.

He also urged the poor families to take vows for becoming free from addictions, coming out the shackles of poverty and for giving education to their children.

The GKMs have been organized this year from April 12. Earlier, during past three years, the state government has given benefits worth Rs.8120 crore to 58 lakh poor through the medium of Garib Kalyan Mela.

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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.