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"प्रधानमंत्री कनाडा पहुंचे, कनाडा के प्रधानमंत्री स्टीफन हार्पर से मुलाकात की"
"प्रधानमंत्री मोदी ने कनाडा के प्रधानमंत्री को गुरु नानक देव का पारंपरिक भारतीय लघु चित्र उपहार स्वरुप दिया "
"भारत के राष्ट्रीय विकास प्राथमिकता के सभी क्षेत्रों में कनाडा एक महत्वपूर्ण भागीदार: प्रधानमंत्री मोदी"
"प्रधानमंत्री मोदी ने टोरंटो में भारतीय मूल के लोगों को संबोधित किया "

Amidst warm welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Ottawa, Canada on Tuesday, April 14th. It marked the beginning of last leg of Shri Modi’s three nation tour. A huge crowd gathered near the airport to see PM Modi. Shri Modi himself went up to them and shook hands.

PM of Canada, Mr. Stephen Harper, himself welcomed PM Narendra Modi taking to twitter to which Shri Modi also replied back.

A ceremonial reception was given to Prime Minister Modi. The PM of Canada himself received Shri Modi warmly.

PM Modi also presented the Canadian counterpart a traditional Indian miniature painting showing Guru Nanak Dev with his disciples Bhai Bala and Bhai Mardana. The special artwork was made by a Jaipur-based artist, Virendra Bannu using handmade paper with mineral colours.

He also held a fruitful meeting with Canada's Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

At the Joint Press meet, PM Modi highlighted the growing India-Canada ties. Focussing on the trade potential, the PM considered Canada to be a key partner in every area of India's national development priority. The PM assured Canada about the transformations taking place in India making India one of the fastest growing economies in the world. He also praised the vision and leadership of PM Harper.

PM Shri Modi termed the India-Canada ties as natural partnership of shared values. Strongly condemning terrorism that had gripped both the nations in the past Shri Modi called for promoting a comprehensive global strategy, and consistent policy and action against all sources of terrorism. PM Narendra Modi also sought to enhance our defence and security cooperation with Canada. He expressed his part of content about the agreement on procurement of uranium from Canada.

Later, PM Narendra Modi and PM of Canada flew to Toronto, where an electrifying crowd waited eagerly for PM Modi at Ricoh Coliseum. At the airport a huge number of people gathered to receive PM Modi warmly. There was tremendous enthusiasm amongst the Indian Diaspora as soon as Shri Narendra Modi reached the venue.

Speaking at the event, the Prime Minister highlighted the strength that India-Canada partnership had. Optimistic about the numerous pacts inked between both the Nations, Shri Modi said that a new atmosphere of trust was developed between India and Canada. The PM presented his dream of developed India where there were opportunities for the youth.

Wrapping up his stopover, the PM took to twitter and thanked the people of Toronto and PM Harper for the warm reception. He also shared a few glimpses from the event with all his admirers.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 16, 2015

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There is no substitute to testing, tracking and treatment: PM
All necessary measures must be taken to ramp up the availability of hospital beds for Covid patients: PM
Local administrations need to be proactive and sensitive to people’s concerns: PM
PM reviewed the status of supply of Remdesivir and other medicines
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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.