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Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi today while inaugurating Indian Army’s weapon exhibition suggested that manufacturing and research of the war weapons and security instruments should be made within the country only.

GOLDEN KATAR DIVISION of Indian Army has organized a three-day weapon exhibition in cooperation with state’s Home Department at Ahmedabad Police Stadium. The exhibition has in display the weapons and instruments used by the Indian Army during wars.

Chief Minister, on the occasion, called upon Indian government and young engineers to take up the challenge of making war instruments within the country. He said that central government should introduce some rewarding policy for the intellectual talents of the country to push in-house research and manufacturing in the field of war instruments.

Mentioning that Gujarat shares same border with the hostile country like Pakistan he said keeping vigil has become crucial for the state. Gujarat government has adopted an integrated strategy where it works in senergy with Army, Navy, Air Force, Border Security Force, Police and all the central agencies tackling security issues, he said.

“It is good that more and more youths are being attracted to defense services”, Chief Minister said adding that with state government encouraging youth to join security forces, the percentage of youth joining defense services has increased drastically. State government in yet another move, he said, will give Navy NCC training to younger generation of the Sagarkhedu community with a view to encourage them join Navy.

Chief Minister also appealed youths to take courses in Rakshashakti University and Forensic Science University so that they can eventually work for the safeguarding of mother-nation.

On the first day of the exhibition, Army Jawans exhibited various heart-throbbing performances like Paramount Sailing, Motor Cycle Display, Hot Air Balloon, Bayonet Fighting, Malkhamb, Troop-dance and others. Along with dignitaries the exhibition also saw visit from a large number of people. Chief Secretary Shri A.K.Joti, Additional Chief Secretary to Home Department Shri Balwantsinh and office bearers of Indian Army were also present on the occasion.

‘Modi has qualities of successful Army commander’

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has all the qualities of a successful Army commander, said General Officer Commanding (GOC) Major General I S Singha of the Golden Katar Division in Ahmedabad on Monday.

He was speaking at the inauguration of three-day ‘Know Your Army’ exhibition organised by the Golden Katar Division of the Army.

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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.