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Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the State wide Swarnim Pashu Arogya Mela Abhiyan from Petlad today. Highlighting the milestone achievements' of Gujarat, Chief Minister said that Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of Gram Swaraj is being realised today. The dream comes true through the steps taken to empower the farmers and livestock owners; our rural economy has received a major boost due to the scientific interventions made in agriculture and livestock sectors, added CM. The animal husbandry revolution lives on.

State is sensitive to animal welfare; CM outlined the initiatives adopted by his government to maintain the general wellbeing of cattle. Thrust is to provide veterinary services to livestock owners by organising 2700 cattle-camps across the State. Earlier Shri Modiji observed the exhibition, and gave away prizes to the winners of best-cattle competitions.

Agriculture and livestock remains a key engine for rural economy, Shri Modiji laid thrust on three prong approach to sustain rural growth- the one third portion of income is to be generated from traditional agriculture, another portion comes from livestock and tree-farming. He gave compliments to Matru-Nari –Shakti for their immense contribution in animal husbandry.

Shri Modiji laid special thrust on upgrading livestock breed, switching over to high yielding breed for improving the overall genetic potential of the cattle. The dream –Dream of Gram Swaraj- Gandhiji comes true through the steps taken to empower the farmers and livestock owners by hosting a chain of Krushi Mahotsav and Cattle-Camp-Drives across the State.

Around 112 infectious diseases among the cattle are eradicated; Gujarat is the only State to achieve a niche in animal dentistry, added CM.

Gujarat is the first State to take an initiative in animal cataract surgeries, said CM.

Milk production has registered a significant rise of 66%, which has happened due to the dairy-friendly policy initiatives taken by the State. Under a project, State is working to upgrade the Kathiyawadi Horse & Gir Cow Breeds.

Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Shri Dilipbhai Sanghani praised Shri Modiji for launching a chain of Krushi Mahotsav and Pashu Mela Abhiyan since last nine years. State’s annual milk production has touched 88.42 Lac metric tonnes.

Earlier, Chief Minister felicitated leaders of livestock sector. He also distributed cheques to the beneficiaries under animal husbandry schemes. Various NGOs made contribution in Chief Minister Girl Child Education fund on the occasion.

Director of Animal Husbandry, Dr A.J. Kachiya Patel delivered welcome address, Anand Collector Shri R.N. Joshi proposed vote of thanks.

Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Fakirbhai Vaghela, Parliamentry Secretary Shri Sundersinh Chauhan, Deputy Chief Whip Shri Ambalal Rohit, District Panchayat President Shri Jashubha Solanki, Shri Deepak Patel, Members of Assembly, Secretary Agriculture Dr Rajiv Kumar Gupta, District Development Officer Smt Avantika Singh, District Police Superintendent Shri A.K.Jadeja 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.