Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi has called upon the cooperative leaders and farmers to take up drip- irrigation and Gauchar-land development projects. He further stressed on setting-up Soil-Testing Laboratories at APMCs across the State .He was addressing a convention after inaugurating “Amreli Jilla Madhystha Sahakari Bank’s Shatabdi Mahotsav.”

On Gujarat’s Swarnim Jayanti, CM made fervent appeal to promote healthy competitions among the cooperative institutions; however the cooperative sector has witnessed petty politics and leg-pulling politics in the last six decades.

CM asserted that State never intended any political interference in the cooperative sector. State has always taken measures to foster healthy competitions and innovations.

Established as “Amreli Khetivadi Pedhi (Amreli Agricultural Institute) in 1910, the cooperative bank has a distinction of laying foundation of the cooperative- sector , the Amreli Jilla Madhystha Sahakari Bank is celebrating its Hirak Mahotsav.

Terming it as a historic event, CM gave compliments to the office bearers for upholding high moral values in cooperative sector, which has enabled setting-up many milestones achievements’. The bank has made remarkable progress during the last 100 years.

Cooperative sector in the other States is facing the crisis of trust. But Gujarat has shown the path to the nation, the cooperative bank has completed the successful spell of 100 years. Remaining away from petty politics, it has safeguarded the morals of cooperative sector, the Bank has really set a shimmering milestone, said CM.

CM claimed that his Government has never bothered about the political affiliations of the fraudsters. Madhupura Cooperative Bank crisis had triggered the economic earthquake in the State, around 130 Cooperative –Banks were badly affected at that time. State never gave patronage to anyone, though the person belonging to his own party, he always ensured that the Law has to take its own course said CM.

CM outlined the policy initiatives taken in the best interest of the depositors, which annihilated the network of kith and kin. State took stern steps to remove corruptions, which ultimately won the trust of people in cooperative sector. People of Gujarat have immense trust in Cooperative Institutes; they give their choice to Cooperative Bank against other Commercial Banking Institutions.

CM gave a call to Amreli District Cooperative to break its past records on the occasion of Gujarat’s Golden Jubilee Year. He inspired the office bearers of the Bank to promote Drip Irrigation -model in the district.

Chairman of the Bank and Agriculture Minister, Shri Dilip Sanghani highlighted the farmer’s friendly initiatives taken up by the Bank. He detailed the progressive journey of the Amreli Jilla Madhystha Cooperative-Bank.

The annual turn-over of the bank has touched Rs. 450 Crores mark, which were only 45 Crores before 10 years. As many as 51 branches offer its services to the farmers, interest-rates on credit have been reduced from 17% to 6%, Shri Sanghani added. State has made good progress on all fronts under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi, he further added.

Deputy President of BJP, Shri Purushottam Rupala gave compliments to Shri Dilip Sanghani and his entire team for the progress and development. He also lauded CM’s contribution in resolving Crop-Insurance issue, which was hanging since last 15 years. Shri Modiji played a crucial role, after attaining reigns of power in year 2001, to address the issue in the larger interest of farmers, Shri Rupala added.

CM and Agriculture Minister honoured Late Shri Dwarkadas Patel’s family by presenting them a Shawl, memento and a book. It is to be noted that Late Shri Dwarkadas Patel played a vital role in laying strong foundation of the Bank. Directors who rendered selfless services, devoted employees who are retiring after a successful spell were also honoured on the occasion.

M.P. Shri Naranbhai Kachhadiya, MLAs Shri Kalubhai Virani, Hirabhai Solanki, Hanubhai Dhorajiya, Mansukhbhai Bhuva, District BJP President Dr. Bharat Kanabar, eminent leaders and farmers were among the others who attended the function.

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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.