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After the successful and historic visit to Seychelles, Prime Minister Narendra Modi touched down Mauritius on evening of March 11th for his two-day visit. Shri Modi was welcomed warmly at the airport with a ceremonial reception. Prime Minister of Mauritius Sir Anerood Jugnauth was present at the airport to receive Prime Minister Modi. As always he shared the moment of joy with all his admirers on twitter.

Shri Narendra Modi held extensive meetings with the President of Mauritius, Mr. Rajkeswur Purryag and other delegates the same evening.

Later, the Prime Minister along with the PM of Mauritius addressed the media. Shri Narendra Modi highlighted the special relations shared by both India and Mauritius that are deeply rooted in history. Expressing his gratefulness to be the Chief Guest of National Day of Mauritius on March 12th, Shri Narendra Modi said India and Mauritius have always stood in solidarity and support for each other. PM, Shri Modi also termed the agreement on the development of Agalega Island as a major stride in India-Mauritius cooperation in infrastructure sector.

On March 12th, the Prime Minister began his day by visiting the Ganga Talao in Mauritius. As soon as Shri Modi visited there, he recalled the holy River Ganga that flows through Varanasi. He also praised Mauritius for enriching Hindi literature.

Shri Narendra Modi greeted the people of Mauritius on their National Day. He also expressed his delight to have got the chance to address their National Assembly on the very same day as the Prime Minister of India.

Shri Modi, while giving his address to the National Assembly, remarked that Mauritius has always made smart choices; encouraged hard work and enterprise. Talking about the first cyber city construction supported by Former PM, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2003, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced for supporting a second such city in Mauritius. Shri Modi gladly mentioned that destinies of India and Mauritius were linked by currents of the Indian Ocean. The Prime Minister hoped that India-Mauritius relationship would always be a source of great joy and strength to the two countries.

Considering the Indian Ocean region to be one among the top policy priorities for both the nations, the Prime Minister expressed contentment about India being a proud partner of Mauritius. Prime Minister Narenda Modi attended the programme to mark the commissioning of the Barracuda, a ship in the service of the National Coast Guard of Mauritius.

Shri Narendra Modi also paid homage to the valiant Aapravasis for their human spirit and also described the Aapravsi Ghat as signifying the enduring links between India and Mauritius.

A civic reception was organised in Shri Narendra Modi’s honour. A large number of people drew together to watch and listen to the Indian Prime Minister. There was heavy downpour but the enthusiasm in the people couldn’t be minimised. The eagerly waiting crowd cheered more and more as they waited for the PM in the rain-fed weather. There were chants of “Modi Modi” soon after the PM arrived. Shri Modi himself was surprised to see such a huge gathering.

In the evening of March 12th, Shri Narendra Modi joined the National Day celebrations in Mauritius as the guest of honour. Before leaving for Sri Lanka, the next destination of his thee nation tour, he thanked the people of Mauritius for their warm hospitality and bestowing such love and affection.

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today interacted with Governors of States regarding the Covid-19 situation and ongoing vaccination drive in the country, through video conferencing.

Prime Minister said that in the battle against Covid, along with the vaccines, our values and sense of duty are our biggest strengths. Praising the citizens who participated in this battle last year considering it their duty, he said that the same feeling of Janbhagidari needs to be encouraged now as well. He said that the role of the Governors, through appropriate utilization of their social capacity, thus becomes all the more critical to achieving this. Governors are an important link to ensure better coordination between State Governments and society, he said, adding that the combined power of all community organizations, political parties, NGOs and social institutions needs to be harnessed.

Prime Minister suggested that the Governors can actively engage to ensure that social institutions collaborate seamlessly with the State Governments towards micro containment. He said that their social network can help ensure an increase in the capacity of ambulances, ventilators and oxygen in hospitals. Along with spreading the message about vaccination and treatment, the Governors can also spread awareness about AYUSH related remedies.

Prime Minister noted that our youth, our workforce, is an important part of our economy. Hence, it is important to ensure that our youth follows all Covid related protocols and precautions. He said that the Governors’ role is also critical in ensuring the greater engagement of our students in University campuses towards this Janbhagidari. We also need to focus on better utilization of facilities at University and College campuses, he added. He said that just like last year, NCC and NSS also have a key role to play this year as well. Prime Minister said that the Governors are an important pillar of Janbhagidari in this battle and their coordination with State Governments and guidance to institutions of the State will further strengthen the nation’s resolve.

Discussing the rise in the number of Covid cases, the Prime Minister said that in this stage of the fight against the virus, the country stands to gain from last year’s experience and improved healthcare capacity. He discussed the increase RTPCR testing capacity and noted that the country has become Aatmanirbhar with respect to kits and other material related to testing. All this has led to a reduction in the cost of RTPCR tests also. He added that most of the products related to testing are also available on the GeM portal. Prime Minister emphasized the significance of increasing tracking, tracing and testing, and said that RTPCR testing needs to be increased from 60% to 70%. He said that it is pertinent to ensure that more and more people get tested.

Prime Minister underlined that the government is committed to ensuring adequate availability of vaccines. He highlighted that India has become the fastest nation to reach the landmark of 10 crore vaccinations. Noting the positive impact of Tika Utsav in the last four days, he said that in this period, the vaccination drive was expanded and new vaccination centres also came up.

Interaction

The Vice President of India, Union Home Minister and Union Health Minister also attended the interaction.

The Vice President appreciated the Prime Minister for leading the fight against Covid and his proactive steps to develop the infrastructure required to tackle the pandemic. He also highlighted the scientific community's contribution in giving a vaccine to India and the whole world. He also talked about the contribution of healthcare workers, sanitation workers, and other frontline workers who have played a vital role during the pandemic.

The Vice President called upon the Governors to bring up a coordinated front by leading all-party meetings in their respective states and engaging with civil society organisations to spread awareness about covid-appropriate behaviour. The Vice president said that a 'Team India spirit' cutting across policy lines should be adopted, and in this regard, Governors as the 'Guardians of the State' could guide the State Governments.

Union Home Minister stressed the importance of saving each and every life. Union Health Secretary gave a presentation on Covid cases and vaccination drive. He gave an overview of how India has followed a proactive and pre-emptive approach in this endeavour.

The Governors shared details of how their respective states are tackling the spread of the virus and coordinating activities towards ensuring a smooth implementation of the vaccination drive, while also mentioning the deficiencies of healthcare facilities in the States.

They gave suggestions for further improvement in the efforts and shared plans of how Janbhagidari can be increased through the active social engagement of various groups.