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"Shala Praveshotsav and Kanya Kelavani Abhiyan 2013-14 commence"
"Shri Modi travels to Lihoda village to inspire parents to send their children to school"
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"Shri Modi talks about steps taken by Gujarat Government to improve primary education in the last decade"

On 13th June 2013 the Kanya Kelavani Abhiyan and Shala Praveshotsav drive of the Government of Gujarat commenced. For the next 3 days (13th-14th-15th June 2013) the ministers, officials and the Chief Ministers will travel to the villages of Gujarat and inspire parents to send their children to school. For the last eleven years, the Kanya Kelavani Abhiyan and Shala Praveshotsav have contributed in a big way in terms of increasing school enrollment as well as reducing drop out rates across Gujarat.

On the morning of 13th June, Shri Modi travelled to Lihoda village in Dehgam Taluka (Gandhinagar District) to inspire parents and teachers to educate their children. Shri Modi gave a clarion call to make efforts, as a society, to ensure that the children and particularly the girl child go to school. He urged parents and the larger society not to differentiate between the girl child and boy child and added that when a girl is educated, two families enriched. He said, “I have seen families with four sons, with each son doing well but parents are in an old age home. But I have seen families where is a daughter who has sacrificed marriage to take care of her parents.” Shri Modi also said he would be donating books from his personal library to the schools he visits to give impetus to reading among young children.

Shri Modi pointed out that it is not something to be proud of that after sixty years of Independence a Chief Minister has to come to take children to school. “But then someone had to find a way. We could let things go on and had to change the situation,” said the Chief Minister. He recalled that the previous Governments gave money to educate the elders but they did not get education and the money went into the pocket of a select few. He also urged people to plant a tree during the Shala Praveshotsav.

In his speech the Chief Minister talked about steps taken by the Gujarat Government to improve primary education in the last decade. He shared, “When we took over we realized that over a lakh teachers had to be recruited. If we did not recruit teachers, generations would be left behind!” Likewise, he spoke on the Vijayalakshmi Bonds that have brought a major difference in the lives of girl students. The Chief Minster said that the state Government undertook efforts to build proper sanitation facilities for girl students and added that Rs. 200 crores have been set aside to build hostel related facilities for students. In this, he also sought the support of various community organisations.

A large number of students, teachers and parents were present on the occasion to hear the Chief Minister.

Watch : Shri Narendra Modi at the Kanya Kelavani and Shala Praveshotsav Programme in, Vardhana Muvada

 

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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.