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Crores of Indian citizens are fighting against the Corona pandemic very bravely.

The Hi-tech state-of-the-art testing facilities launched today will further strengthen the fight of West Bengal, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh against Corona.


Delhi-NCR, Mumbai and Kolkata are major hubs of economic activity. Lakhs of youngsters come to these cities from various corners of the country for their career and to fulfil their dreams.  Now about 10,000 more testing capacity will be added to the current testing capacity in these three places.

Now tests will be done in these cities more quickly.  One good thing is that these hi-tech labs are not limited to just corona testing.

In future, these labs will also be equipped with facility for testing many other diseases including Hepatitis B and C, HIV and Dengue.

Many congratulations to the friends from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and other institutions for making such arrangements.


Today India is in a much more stable position than other countries because right decisions were taken at the right time in the country.  Today, the number of deaths from corona in our country is much less than in big countries.  At the same time, the recovery rate here is much higher than other countries and is improving day by day.  Today, the number of people recovered from corona in India is about to reach 10 lakhs.


The rapid setting up of Corona-specific health infrastructure in the country was the most important thing for this massive and long fight against Corona.  For this reason, at the very outset, the central government announced a package of 15 thousand crore rupees.

Be it isolation centres, Covid special hospitals or a network of testing, tracing and tracking, India expanded its capabilities at a very fast pace.  Today India has more than 11 thousand Covid facilities and more than 11 lakh isolation beds.


 In January, we had only one centre for the corona test, while today about 1300 labs are working in the whole country for corona testing.  Today, more than 5 lakh tests are being conducted in India every day.  In the coming weeks, we are trying to upscale it to 10 lakh per day.


During the Corona pandemic, everyone is determined with only one resolution that is, saving every Indian.  This resolution has given amazing results to India.  What India has done, especially regarding PPE, masks and test kits, is a huge success story.  At one point of time, not a single PPE kit was manufactured in India.  Today, India is the world's second largest PPE Kit manufacturer.

Just 6 months ago there was not a single PPE Kit manufacturer in the country.  Today more than 1200 manufacturers are producing more than 5 lakh PPE kits every day.  At one point of time, N-95 masks were also imported from abroad to India.  Today more than 3 lakh N-95 masks are being manufactured in India every day.

There was a time when India was also dependent on other countries for ventilators.  Today, the production capacity has been developed to manufacture 3 lakh ventilators in India every year.  During this period, the production of medical oxygen cylinders was also greatly increased.

Due to these concerted efforts, not only the lives of people are being saved, but the things that we used to import, are being exported by the country.


You are also familiar with the formidable challenge that was before us to build such a huge physical infrastructure in such a short time.  Another major challenge was to prepare human resources in the country for the fight against Corona.  The short period of time in which our paramedics, ASHA workers, ANM, Anganwadi and other health and civil workers have been trained is also unprecedented.

Today, the world is astounded to see India's fight against Corona, and its apprehensions are being proved wrong, and a major reason for the same is our foot soldiers.


In the fight against Corona, we have come to the point where we have no lack of awareness and the scientific data and resources are also expanding.

 Now we have to strengthen the management of demand and supply at the state level as well as district, block and village levels.

 Together we not only have to create new health infrastructure but must also  strengthen the government and private dispensaries and clinics in every village, and make them more efficient.  We must do this so that the fight against Corona in our villages is not weakened.  So far, the villages have done very well in this field.

And with this, we have to ensure that our Corona warriors do not become victims of any kind of fatigue.  We will also have to work continuously to bring new and retired professionals in the health system.


Many festivals are lined up in the near future.  Let these celebrations bring happiness and joy but we have to take every precaution to avoid spreading infection among the people.  We will also have to see to it that the poor families do not have problems during the time of festivities.

 We have to ensure that the benefits of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana reach every poor family on time.


Talented scientists of our country are working vigorously for the corona vaccine.  But till the time an effective medicine or vaccine is invented, we must wear masks and follow social distancing or of 'do gaz doori' and hand sanitization.  We have to protect ourselves as well as all our family members, young and old, at home.

 I believe that in the fight against Corona, we will all fight together and win.  Once again, many congratulations for these high-tech facilities.

 Thank you so much!!!

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In an endeavour to create mass awareness for adoption of climate resilient technologies, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will dedicate 35 crop varieties with special traits to the Nation on 28th September at 11 AM via video conferencing, in a pan India programme organised at all ICAR Institutes, State and Central Agricultural Universities and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs). During the programme, the Prime Minister will also dedicate to the nation the newly constructed campus of National Institute of Biotic Stress Management Raipur.

On the occasion, the Prime Minister will distribute Green Campus Award to Agricultural Universities, as well as interact with farmers who use innovative methods and address the gathering.

Union Minister of Agriculture and Chief Minister Chhattisgarh will be present on the occasion.

About crop varieties with special traits

The crop varieties with special traits have been developed by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to address the twin challenges of climate change and malnutrition. Thirty-five such crop varieties with special traits like climate resilience and higher nutrient content have been developed in the year 2021. These include a drought tolerant variety of chickpea, wilt and sterility mosaic resistant pigeonpea, early maturing variety of soybean, disease resistant varieties of rice and biofortified varieties of wheat, pearl millet, maize and chickpea, quinoa, buckwheat, winged bean and faba bean.

These special traits crop varieties also include those that address the anti-nutritional factors found in some crops that adversely affect human and animal health. Examples of such varieties include Pusa Double Zero Mustard 33, first Canola quality hybrid RCH 1 with <2% erucic acid and <30 ppm glucosinolates and a soybean variety free from two anti-nutritional factors namely Kunitz trypsin inhibitor and lipoxygenase. Other varieties with special traits have been developed in soybean, sorghum, and baby corn, among others.

About National Institute of Biotic Stress Management

The National Institute of Biotic Stress Management at Raipur has been established to take up the basic and strategic research in biotic stresses, develop human resources and provide policy support. The institute has started PG courses from the academic session 2020-21.

About Green Campus Awards

The Green Campus Awards has been initiated to motivate the State and Central Agricultural Universities to develop or adopt such practices that will render their campuses more green and clean, and motivate students to get involved in ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’, ‘Waste to Wealth Mission’ and community connect as per the National Education Policy-2020.