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Post Covid world will need a reset of mindset and practices
100 smart cities have prepared projects worth 30 billion dollars
Addresses 3rd Annual Bloomberg New Economy Forum

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi invited the investors to invest in the Indian urbanization. Speaking at the 3rd Annual Bloomberg New Economy Forum today via video conferencing, the Prime Minister said “If you are looking to invest in urbanisation, India has exciting opportunities for you. If you are looking to invest in  mobility, India has exciting  opportunities for you. If you are looking to invest in  innovation, India has exciting opportunities for you. If you are looking to invest in  sustainable  solutions, India has exciting opportunities for you. These opportunities  come along-with A vibrant democracy. A business friendly climate.A huge market. And a government which shall leave no stone unturned to make India a preferred global investment destination.”

Shri Modi said that post COVID-19 world will need a  restart, however the restart will not be possible without a reset. A reset of mindset.  A reset of processes and a reset of practices. The pandemic has given us an opportunity to develop new protocols in every field. “This opportunity should be  grabbed by the world if we want to develop resilient  systems for the future. We should think about post COVID requirements of the world.  A good starting point would be the rejuvenation of our urban centers”, The Prime Minister added.

Dwelling on the theme of rejuvenation of the urban centres the Prime Minister emphasized the centrality of the people in the recovery process. Terming people as the biggest resources and the communities as the biggest building block, the Prime Minister said “the pandemic has re-emphasised that our biggest resource, as societies and  as businesses, is our people. The post-Covid world has to be built by nurturing this key and fundamental resource.”

The Prime Minister stressed the need to carry forward the learnings of the pandemic period. Talking about the cleaner environment during the lockdown period he wondered whether we can build   sustainable cities where a cleaner environment is the norm and not an exception?  “It has been   our endeavour   in India   to build   urban centres, which have the amenities of a city but the spirit of a village,” Shri Modi said.

He informed the forum about the recent initiatives for revitalizing the Indian urban landscape such as Digital India, Startup India, affordable housing, Real Estate (Regulation) Act and Metro Rail in  27 cities. “We are on track to deliver close to 1000 kms of Metro Rail system in the country by 2022,”  the Prime Minister informed the forum.

The Prime Minister said “we have selected 100 Smart Cities through a two-stage process.   It was a nationwide competition upholding  the philosophy of   cooperative    and   competitive federalism. These cities have prepared projects worth almost  two lakh crore rupees or 30 billion dollars. And projects worth almost one lakh forty thousand crore rupees or 20 billion dollars have been completed  or nearing completion.”

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PM Modi reviews public health response to Covid-19
May 06, 2021
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PM reviews state-wise and district wise covid situation
PM directs help & guidance to the states about leading indicators to ramp up healthcare infrastructure
PM reviews availability of medicines
PM reviews India’s vaccine drive
Need to sensitise states that the speed of vaccination doesn’t come down: PM

PM Modi today undertook a comprehensive review of the Covid-19 related situation in the country. He was given a detailed picture on the Covid outbreak in various states and districts. He was informed about the 12 states which have more than 1 lakh active cases. PM was also apprised about the districts with high disease burden.

PM was briefed about the ramping up of healthcare infrastructure by the states. PM directed that states should be given help & guidance about leading indicators to ramp up healthcare infrastructure.

The need to ensure quick & holistic containment measures were also discussed. PM noted that an advisory was sent to the states to identify districts of concern where Case positivity is 10% or more & Bed occupancy is more than 60% on either oxygen supported or ICU beds.

PM also reviewed the availability of medicines. He was briefed about the rapid augmenting of production of medicines including Remdesivir.

PM reviewed the progress on vaccination & the roadmap for scaling up production on vaccines in the next few months. He was informed that around 17.7 crore vaccines have been supplied to the states. PM also reviewed the state wise trends on vaccine wastage. PM was briefed that around 31% of eligible population over the age of 45 has been given atleast one dose. PM spoke about the need to sensitise states that the speed of vaccination doesn’t come down. Citizens should be facilitated for vaccination despite lockdowns and healthcare workers involved in vaccination must not be diverted for other duties.

Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Piyush Goyal, Mansukh Mandaviya other ministers and top officials were present in the meeting.