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"Shri Modi releases book ‘Turn Around India’ by Odisha based industrialist Mr. R P Gupta"
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"Earlier, discussions on economic development were limited to academic world. It was not even covered in the general news. Now there is a big change. Everywhere economic issues are being discussed and this is a very big thing: Shri Modi"
"These days there is a healthy competition between states for development. The more this increases, the better it is: Shri Modi"
"Every citizen of India owes a lot to our Motherland and that we all must give back to Bharat Mata in any way we feel is appropriate: Shri Modi"

Speaking at the release of a book by Odisha based industrialist Mr. R P Gupta, Shri Narendra Modi stated that we should always focus on outcome rather than output and if we do that, our thinking will change and the results will be better. “It has been observed that most of the Budgets etc. focus on output; how much was spent on this, how much was spent on that etc. But, our focus should be outcome, not output,” the Chief Minister affirmed. The book, written by Mr. Gupta is titled ‘Turn Around India.’

Shri Modi stated that there are schemes and initiatives but along with that we need socio-political analysis of their impact. He shared, “Take Jyotigram Yojana for example. We allotted a budget for it, people got electricity…that is one thing. But what change came in the lives of the people? That is the issue. That is why we need a socio-political analysis. We even engaged our universities in this and the results were very positive- we got to know the real change that happened in the lives of people.” He also added that due to Jyotigram Yojana, a 30% drop in migration from rural to urban areas was noticed.

Similarly, he gave the example of the development work on the Sabarmati river. “We filled the Sabarmati with water of the Narmada. For tourists, they saw it as the river being full but the results were beyond that,” he stated, adding, “The water table rose and the cost of electricity also reduced. Earlier the water had very high fluoride content but now the water is almost as good as mineral water” The Chief Minister recalled that earlier, even if it rained for five to seven days the hospitals would be full of patients with diseases but due to pure water now, there has been no instance of an epidemic in Ahmedabad for the last many years. “Health conditions have improved. This is the kind of change that can come in due to socio-political analysis and we also get answers to many of our questions,” pointed the Chief Ministers.

In his speech, Shri Modi spoke about the increasing discussion about economic development in today’s age. “Earlier, discussions on economic development were limited to academic world. It was not even covered in the general news. Now there is a big change. Everywhere economic issues are being discussed and this is a very big thing.” Shri Modi expressed joy that Gujarat played a leading role in ensuring that the issue of development comes to the fore.

He also pointed to a recent positive change where there is a healthy competition between the states on the issue of development. Shri Modi opined, “These days there is a healthy competition between states for development. The more this increases, the better it is.” He further pointed that delegations from various states, universities and nations come to Gujarat as well to study the development practices. They also visit other states.

The Chief Minister also pointed that a major issue over the last many years is that of our work culture. He shared that we prefer doing things in fragments rather than doing them as a whole. Shri Modi asked, “We could have built our power plants near to the places where there was coal. Then focused on the grid. Would it not have been economical?” Likewise, he said, “2/3rd of India is coastal. But have we thought about transport from the sea from one port to another? If someone wishes to send something from Kandla to Vishakhapatnam, why cannot it happen through the sea?” He stressed on the strengthening of human resources and skill development and affirmed that the country has everything; it only needs to be harnessed effectively.

Shri Modi declared that every citizen of India owes a lot to our Motherland and that we all must give back to Bharat Mata in any way we feel is appropriate.

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All necessary measures must be taken to ramp up the availability of hospital beds for Covid patients: PM
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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.