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"Kanya Kelavani initiative has been going on for the last decade and it has brought about a paradigm shift in the thought process of the state Government: Shri Modi"
"If we had not undertaken initiatives such as Gunotsav, salaries would have been paid to teachers, students would come and go but with Gunotsav, we also realized the problem and the cure: Shri Modi"
"Chief Minister Shri Modi stressed on the use of technology in the working of the Government"

  

On the evening of Thursday 6th June 2013 Shri Narendra Modi participated in a dialogue with Ministers and officials to brainstorm about the upcoming Kanya Kelavani and Shala Praveshotsav drive. The drive will be held in two phases, 13th-14th-15th June in rural areas and 20th-21st-22nd June in urban areas. Shri Modi inspired the Ministers and officials to make the drive a success and spoke about the importance of these initiatives vis-à-vis the development journey of Gujarat. Shri Modi’s address was heard by senior officials in the various districts of Gujarat. Those officials who returned from deputation in Delhi were also present during the interaction, which was held in the Sabarmati Hall of Swarnim Sankul-1.

The Chief Minister stated that the Kanya Kelavani initiative has been going on for the last decade and it has brought about a paradigm shift in the thought process of the state Government. He went on to say that it not only created a collective strength and a trust but also integrated every Government department with the education department and the entire team worked in mission mode to make it a success. Shri Modi remarked that this year the Government expects a significant reduction in the drop out rate after Class VII.

The Chief Minister recalled that earlier the ritual of teachers coming and going when as soon as the bell rings was prevalent across the state but this initiative has brought about a change. Talking about Gunotsav he pointed out, “Earlier the picture was disappointing. There were districts with no school with A-grade. If we had not undertaken initiatives such as Gunotsav, salaries would have been paid to teachers, students would come and go but with Gunotsav, we also realized the problem and the cure.” 

Shri Modi urged the officials to make an emotional appeal to the parents and teachers alike. “You do not know what role you can play! When you go among the people, they will think- if the person standing in front of me has done all this then why can’t I? Thus, go meet them, create a trust,” he told the officials and Ministers who were present. He also added that people must not participate in this initiative merely for the sake of participating. He shared that the joy of participating in Kanya Kelavani and Shala Praveshotsav is extremely satisfying.

Speaking about the success of the Shala Praveshotsav initiative, Shri Modi said, “Thanks to this initiative we came out of the stagnancy and now we want to work on quality...We want to give importance to capacity building.” He urged the officials to carefully check their programmes, including the minute details. 

The Chief Minister stressed on the use of technology in the working of the Government. He opined that a lot more can be done as far as integrating technology in the working of the Government is concerned. He said, “Like our lives are incomplete without mobile phones, it will be the same for technology. Everything will be linked to it. Just recently I got an email that showed the world’s first virtual mall. Everything was displayed digitally and one can come place the order and leave. See how technology has come in to our lives!” Likewise, he stressed on the need of integrating our youth with technology.

Shri Modi opined that the problem of development for the urban poor was more complex that that of their rural counterparts. He said that this is because there is no clear monitoring mechanism. Shri Modi remarked that the problems associated with education of the urban poor are also very different. He urged the officials and Ministers to make the urban Kanya Kelavani and Shala Praveshotsav drive a success. “We get a chance to go among the people and to work towards bringing a change in their lives.” 

In his speech, the Chief Minister talked about the talent pool initiative that has had incredible results. “We have got almost 100% results…slum children have become skilled,” Shri Modi opined. He recalled his visit to Narmada district in a new school where children of tribal communities were speaking fluent English. He stated that there is no stone that cannot become a sculpture (Murthy), all it needs is a hand that can guide it.

Education Minister Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama and Minister of State for Education Smt. Vasuben Trivedi spoke on the occasion. Ms. Sangita Singh, senior official in the Primary Education Department gave a detailed presentation on the occasion.

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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.