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Ahmedabad, Friday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will himself lead Team Gujarat to cover select 32,772 primary schools in all the 18,000 villages, 151 municipalities and eight municipal corporations during the 9th Kanya Kelavni Yatra (Girls' Education) and Shala Praveshotsav Abhiyan (School Enrollment Movement) They will be held in two phases from June 16 to 18 in rural areas and from June 23 to 24, 2011 in urban areas.

Chief Minister Narendra Modi will himself lead Team Gujarat. Others include the entire Council of Ministers and all Secretaries, besides other officers and people's representatives. The Gujarat Team to be divided into small groups of five, as each group will fan out to entire state, visiting five schools daily during the six-day movement.

The twin movements which entered the seventh year have already started paying dividends in the form of higher enrollment, greater spread of education among girl child and qualitative improvement, as per the comparative figures of Census 2001 and 2011 reports.

Speaking at the state-level preview meeting, Mr. Narendra Modi said the most heartening aspect of the twin movements is the people's all round support, down to the village level, replacing the complacency with awareness and positive action. The movements' other positive aspect is taking care of the school children's healthcare as well.

Education Minister Ramanlal Vora listed the new features on the movements this year. Principal Education Secretary Hasmukh Adhia made the introductory remarks and Primary Education Secretary R.P. Gupta gave the details of the programmes.

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April 19, 2021
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with leaders of pharmaceutical industry via video conferencing. The Prime Minister appreciated the crucial role of the pharma sector in the fight against the pandemic.

PM Modi appreciated the way the pharma industry is working even in such trying conditions.

PM Modi remarked that it is because of the efforts of the pharma industry that today India is identified as ‘pharmacy of world’. He said essential medicines were made available to more than 150 countries around the world during the pandemic. The Prime Minister stated that despite all the challenges, the Indian pharma industry has also registered a growth of 18 percent in exports last year, which shows its potential.

Noting the second wave of the virus and rising number of cases, PM Modi commended the pharma industry for their efforts to increase production of several necessary drugs. He appreciated them for reducing the price of injections like Remdesivir. To keep the supply of medicines and essential medical equipment going smoothly, PM Modi urged the pharma industry to ensure seamless supply chains. PM Modi also extended government’s support for facilities like Logistics and Transportation.

He urged the industry to conduct more and more researches on threats which can occur in the future along with Covid. This, he said, would help us take the lead in combating the virus.

Seeking cooperation from the pharma industry, PM Modi assured that government is undertaking reforms for new drugs and regulatory processes.

The leaders of the Pharma industry appreciated the proactive help & support received from the Government. They highlighted the efforts made over the last one year in ensuring availability of drugs keeping manufacturing and logistics operational. Operations at the pharma hubs for manufacturing, transportation, logistics and ancillary services are being maintained at optimum levels. The participants also share inputs on the measures being undertaken to meet the overall medicine demand in the country despite the unprecedented increase in demand for some drugs  the COVID Treatment Protocol.

The meeting was also attended by Union Health Minister Shri Harsh Vardhan, MoS (Health) Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union Minister Chemical and Fertilizer Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, MoS (C&F) Mansukh Mandaviya, Principal Secretary to PM, Dr V K Paul Member (H) NITI Aayog, Cabinet Secretary, Union Health Secretary, Union Pharmaceutical Secretary, Dr Balram Bharagava, DG ICMR, amongst other officers from Ministries / Departments of Central Government.