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CM skips Janmashtmi public off,reviews condition of scarcity-hit three districts of north Gujarat

GoG to give land along both sides of Narmada canal on lease for growing fodder and building nurseries

CM calls upon officials to turn the difficult times of water scarcity into an opportunity

Appeals to launch movement with people’s participation for distributing sukhadi for shunning malnutrition during drought

Drive for recharging reservoirs and farm ponds through Narmada water

Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held meetings with administrations at the headquarters of three water scarcity-hit districts of north Gujarat – Banaskantha, Patan and Kutch - to review the situation. He called upon administrations to turn the difficult times into opportunity for creating permanent water resources and for freeing the state from malnutrition.

Chief Minister said that during the droughts in past years government exchequers were used to exhaust till bottom without chalking out of any farsighted planning. As Gujarat did not have permanent plans for water conservation, situations used to become severe. But this time, he said, Narmada water has been released to deal with water scarcity.

Chief Minister reviewed the various aspects such as preparedness for providing support for agriculture, drinking water, fodder, employment in rural sector etc. He exhorted the officials for becoming proactive and visionary for dealing with challenges in future. Even as the Banaskantha administration has done exemplary work of completing all the land acquisition works for the construction of Narmada branch canals, he asked the officials to complete month-wise work of constructing the branch canals.

He acquainted the officials about the state government’s decision of giving land along both sides of Narmada canal on lease to animal welfare organizations for growing fodder and building nurseries. He gave directives for chalking out a plan for growing fodder under NREGA scheme, which will also create employment in big way. He asked officials to focus on disilting of farm ponds and other water resources under NREGA scheme.

Chief Minister also gave directives for deepening of lakes and recharging water resources with Narmada water. He stressed on promoting drip irrigation among farmers with a view to save water. He also gave directives to provide electricity connections for agriculture in the three districts under dark zone.

He suggested launching a drive for creating a cooperating mechanism of community chaff-cutter in all the villages through which about 40% of pasture can be saved.

Chief Minister also asked to give priority to removal of malnutrition. He appealed to launch movement with people’s participation for distributing sukhadi during drought for combating with malnutrition.

Ministers Nitin Patel, Fakirbhai Vaghela, Minister of State Liladhar Vaghela, MLAs and district officials were present during the meet at Banaskantha. While at Patan meet Ministers Anandiben Patel, Ramanlal Vora, Jay Narayan Vyas, Minister of State Jaysinh Chauhan, Secretary in-charge Rajiv Gupta, MLAs and district officials were present. Collectors and district development officials of both the districts made presentation on the implementation of district contingency plan.

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PM interacts with leaders of pharma industry
April 19, 2021
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PM Modi appreciates the crucial role of the pharma sector in the fight against the pandemic
It is because of the efforts of the pharma industry that today India is identified as ‘pharmacy of world’: PM Modi
Despite all the challenges, the Indian pharma industry has also registered a growth of 18 percent in exports last year, which shows its potential: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with leaders of pharmaceutical industry via video conferencing. The Prime Minister appreciated the crucial role of the pharma sector in the fight against the pandemic.

PM Modi appreciated the way the pharma industry is working even in such trying conditions.

PM Modi remarked that it is because of the efforts of the pharma industry that today India is identified as ‘pharmacy of world’. He said essential medicines were made available to more than 150 countries around the world during the pandemic. The Prime Minister stated that despite all the challenges, the Indian pharma industry has also registered a growth of 18 percent in exports last year, which shows its potential.

Noting the second wave of the virus and rising number of cases, PM Modi commended the pharma industry for their efforts to increase production of several necessary drugs. He appreciated them for reducing the price of injections like Remdesivir. To keep the supply of medicines and essential medical equipment going smoothly, PM Modi urged the pharma industry to ensure seamless supply chains. PM Modi also extended government’s support for facilities like Logistics and Transportation.

He urged the industry to conduct more and more researches on threats which can occur in the future along with Covid. This, he said, would help us take the lead in combating the virus.

Seeking cooperation from the pharma industry, PM Modi assured that government is undertaking reforms for new drugs and regulatory processes.

The leaders of the Pharma industry appreciated the proactive help & support received from the Government. They highlighted the efforts made over the last one year in ensuring availability of drugs keeping manufacturing and logistics operational. Operations at the pharma hubs for manufacturing, transportation, logistics and ancillary services are being maintained at optimum levels. The participants also share inputs on the measures being undertaken to meet the overall medicine demand in the country despite the unprecedented increase in demand for some drugs  the COVID Treatment Protocol.

The meeting was also attended by Union Health Minister Shri Harsh Vardhan, MoS (Health) Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union Minister Chemical and Fertilizer Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, MoS (C&F) Mansukh Mandaviya, Principal Secretary to PM, Dr V K Paul Member (H) NITI Aayog, Cabinet Secretary, Union Health Secretary, Union Pharmaceutical Secretary, Dr Balram Bharagava, DG ICMR, amongst other officers from Ministries / Departments of Central Government.