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Have made Kashi my 'Karya Kshetra' so that we can regain the pride of the region: PM Modi
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We want to transform people's lives in Varanasi in the next five years: PM Modi

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed huge public meeting in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. During his address Shri Modi thanked the people of Varanasi for their support.” I express my gratitude to the people of Kashi. Their blessings and affection is memorable,” he added.

PM Modi emphasized that he chose Kashi as his constituency for its development. “Have made Kashi my 'Karya Kshetra' so that we can regain the pride of the region,” he said. “Kashi is not merely a city, it is a symbol of humanity. Our effort is to build an 'Uttam Kashi',” he further added.

PM Modi opined that his government is working for development of Kashi at mission mode. He said, “We want Varanasi to be a connect between the ancient and the modern era.” He further said, “Lot of development works that were pending in Kashi have been resumed & are progressing at fast rate.”

PM Modi attacked the Samajwadi Government and said that they are not doing anything for the development of Kashi, “We are giving impetus to infrastructure development in Kashi. Be it roads, railways we are taking every measure that benefits people.” He further said, “They spread lies about 24X7 power supply. But during their temple visit today, there was power outage.”

Shri Modi talked about condition of weavers in the state and said, “We want our weaver brothers & sisters to prosper. We have taken steps that would benefit them immensely.”

PM Modi said the region can take the nation forward if given opportunities. “This region can lead when it comes to holistic healthcare. We have increased PG medical seats in medical colleges and hospitals”, he said.

Shri Modi said that the he is committed to work for welfare of the poor. The Prime Minister noted that the Centre had reduced stent prices which would directly benefit people as cost of treatment would come down. “We want people to have access to affordable healthcare. Prices of key medicines have been reduced. Stent prices have been brought down, said PM Modi.

PM took a dig at the Samajwadi Government in th state and said, “The Centre allotts funds for welfare of people in the states. But why Uttar Pradesh government is not able to utilize them.”

PM remarked that when the whole nation is contributing towards Swacch Bharat Abhiyan the government in the state is not interested at all. “500 regions were declared open defecation free. But what is the reason not even a single region from UP made it to the list,” he said.

Shri Modi urged people to Vote for BJP and change the government for development of Uttar Pradesh. “We want to transform people's lives in Varanasi in the next five years, concluded PM Modi.

Several party karyakartas were also present at the public meeting.

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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.