Chief Minister pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri 

Ahmedabad, Sunday: Gujarat Chief Minister today asked the Centre to compete with Gujarat in the race for development, rather than t aking a path of conflict and maligning the State.

He said that Gujarat’s model of development and governance is being hailed the world over and people’s confidence on the government’s transparent policies sensitive to problems is also increasing by the day.

He was speaking at functions to mark the dedication of Mahatma Gandhi Smriti Bhawan and District Seva Sadan on his 143rd birthday at his birthplace Porbandar.

Mr. Modi pointed out that Gujarat’s raw cot ton production has increased from 23-lakh bales to 123-lakh bales in the last decade. The State’s industrial development has jerked up farm land prices, but farmers sell t heir land at prices they decide. It is one state where the land under agriculture has cultivation despite industrial development. Although Gujarat is a p art of India, the Congressmen particularly at the Centre pounce upon Gujarat, envious of the latter’s progress. It is time for the people of Gujarat to identify the foes of Gujarat.

He listed several sc hemes like Mission Mangalam the state government has started for the empowerment of woman and poor to take every section of the society in development.

The Mahatma Gandhi Smriti Bhavan is built at a cost of Rs. 2-crore and Seva Sadan at a cost of Rs.12-crore.

The Chief Minister on the occasion released the Braille edition of his book titled ‘Premteerth’ for the visually challenged and translated by Mahendrabhai Mehta.

Gujarat’s Finance Minister and Porbandar’s Guardian Minister Vajubhai Vala said the State Government is ever conscious to make the Mahatma’s dream of ‘self-rule’ to ‘good goverance’, taking it down to the level of taluka, making the last person take part in the state’s various development programmes.

Social Justice Empowerment Minister Fakirbhai Vaghela said Porbandar has been blessed by great persons like Mahatma Gandhi, Sudama and Vivekanand.

The Chief Minister earlier paid his homage to the Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Karsturba Gandhi at Kirti Mandir, participated at all-religion prayer meeting. He described the Mahatma as the Man of the Millennium, whose principles of trusteeship should solve complex problems like global wsarming.

Watch : Narendra Modi at all-religion prayer meeting on Gandhi Jayanti, 2011

Mr. Modi also p aid his homage to late former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, also born on October 2, describing him as a true Gandhian who implemented Gandhian principles as the leader and as a common man.

The Chief Minister’s other itinerary at Porbandar included an inter active session with small children at Gandhi Museum.

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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.