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Narendra Modi alerts people against smear campaign to malign Gujarat as a conspiracy to shift industries to Maharashtra

Ahmedabad, Friday: Chief Minister Narendra Modi today took strong exception to a sustained smear campaign against Gujarat as a major conspiracy to shift industries to Maharashtra.

Inaugurating Atul Limited’s Rs.1,000-crore P-Cresol Chemicals Manufacturing Plant at Ankleshwar, Mr. Modi said it is not just a part of political agenda to belittle Gujarat’s industrial march but a move to malign Gujarat. He asked people to be alert against such lies.

He said that Gujarat has progressed by leaps and bounds during the last decade, marching ahead of its traditional chemicals base to pharmaceutical sector. While Gujarat’s industrial development was restricted to Golden Corridor up to Ankleshwar and Vapi in south Gujarat along the National Highway so far has now spread across the state. This has been possible due to the government’s comprehensive and transparent industrial policy.

Those who level allegations now that Gujarat Government has been selling land for industrial development had, in fact, themselves sold fertile agricultural land up to Ankleshwar and Vapi in the past, depriving the farmers adequate compensation. On the contrary, he said, the present government ensures industrial development takes place in wastelands near the seacoasts and Rann of Kutch. This has resulted in once backwards regions reaping benefits of industrial development. Today Bharuch and Kutch had become the fastest growing states in the country.

The Chief Minister said that Gujarat is one state which has laid stress on equitable growth of agriculture, industries and service sectors simultaneously. Several Asian countries want to partner Gujarat’s development. Gujarat is another state with almost ‘zero man-days’ loss, reflecting the state’s enviable industrial peace.

Those present on the occasion included Forest and Environment Minister Mangubhai Patel, Minister of State for Cooperation, Youth Services and Cultural Affairs Ishwarbhai Patel, Bharuch MLA Dushyant Patel, District Panchayat President Manhar Gohil, District Collector Roopwant Singh, besides top brass of Atul Limited, government officers and office-bearers.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting to review the status of preparedness to handle the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Various aspects relating to medicines, oxygen, ventilators and vaccination were discussed.

The Prime Minister said that together India had defeated Covid last year & India can do it again, with the same principles but faster speed and coordination.

The PM stressed that there is no substitute to testing, tracking and treatment. Early testing and proper tracking remains key to reduce mortality. He also said that local administrations need to be proactive and sensitive to people’s concerns.

The Prime Minister directed that close coordination with States must be ensured in handling the pandemic. He said that all necessary measures must be taken to ramp up the availability of hospital beds for Covid patients. The Prime Minister also directed that additional supply of beds through temporary hospitals and isolation centres should be ensured.

PM spoke about the need to utilize the full potential of India’s pharmaceutical industry to meet the rising demand of various medicines. He reviewed the status of supply of Remdesivir and other medicines. The Prime Minister was briefed on actions taken to address the issue of availability of Remdesivir. Through the efforts of the Government, capacity and production augmentation for manufacturing of Remdesivir has been ramped up to provide around 74.10 lakh vials/month in May while the normal production output in January-February being just 27-29 lakh vials/month. Supplies have also increased from 67,900 vials on 11th April going up to over 2,06,000 vials on 15th April 2021 which are being particularly focused on states with high caseload and high demand. He took note of the ramped up production capacity, and directed that issues relating to real-time supply chain management to States must be resolved urgently in coordination with the States. The Prime Minister directed that use of Remdesivir and other medicines must be in accordance with approved medical guidelines, and that their misuse and black marketing must be strictly curbed.

On the issue of supply of medical oxygen, the Prime Minister directed that the installation of approved medical oxygen plants should be sped up. 162 PSA Oxygen plants are being installed in 32 States/UTs from PM CARES. The officers informed that 1 lakh cylinders are being procured & they will be supplied to states soon. The officers briefed the PM that they are in constant supply with 12 high burden states in assessing the current and future requirement of medical oxygen. A supply mapping plan for 12 high burden states till 30th April has also been undertaken. The Prime Minister also said that supply of oxygen required for production of medicines and equipment necessary to handle the pandemic should also be ensured.

The Prime Minister also reviewed the status of availability & supply of ventilators. The Prime Minister noted that a real time monitoring system has been created, and directed that concerned State governments should be sensitized to use the system proactively.

On the issue of vaccination, the Prime Minister directed all officials to make efforts to utilize the entire national capacity, in public as well as private sector, to ramp up vaccine production.

He was joined by Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to PM, Union Home Secretary, Union Health Secretary, Pharma Secretary. Dr V K Paul, Niti Aayog was also present.