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Gandhinagar: Tuesday: While inaugurating the newly-built complex of Banas Dairy, Chief Minister Mr.Narendra Modi expressed resolve to bring about an economic revolution in the barren land of north Gujarat with the use of solar energy and the water of Narmada.

Chief Minister today inaugurated a newly-built complex of the Banas dairy which has been constructed at the cost of Rs.110-crore. He also laid foundation stone for the 100-ton capacity milk powder plant of the dairy.

Criticizing the Central government for its anti-Gujarat mentality, Chief Minister said the water of Narmada e dairy. constructed at the cost of Rs.110-crore. He also lay foundation stone for the 100-ton capacity milk powder plant can bring prosperity to the people of north Gujarat and the state government has already started constructing Narmada canals with the expense of Rs.9000-crore, but the Central government is not giving permission to put gates over the Sardar Sarovar dam from last two years even after the construction of the dam is over to its full height.

He said that the farmers of Gujarat immediately need DAP fertilizer but it seems the central government wants to ruin the Gujarat farmers as it has released only one lakh ton fertilizer in three months against the approved demand of 4.80 lakh ton. State government is ready to pay for it in advance but the central government does not leave a single opportunity to misguide the farmers, he said.

While criticizing the people who are siphoning Narmada water, Chief Minister said that it is one of the biggest sins and make the rain-God angry.

Chief Minister lauded the works undertaken by rural women and said that their contribution is crucial for the dairy industry.

Giving details of various initiatives Chief Minister said the state government has started the Kamdhenu University for imparting scientific training of animal husbandry to the people and to create a pool of trained individuals in the animal husbandry industry. The state government is organizing cattle health fairs consequently from last nine years. Due to the vaccination and other treatments the state government succeeded to extirpate 137 diseases out of about 169 animal diseases.

He congratulated those who are involved in the success of the Banas dairy and said the dairy's business has reached to Rs.22000-cr from Rs.400-cr in last one decade due to the hard work of the three and a half lakh cattle keeping people of the district.

Chief Minister handed over a mobile laboratory van to the Banas dairy and gave Banas Lakshmi awards. A chaque of Rs.11-lakh was donated to the Kanya Kelavni Nidhi of the Chief Minister.

Gujarat council ministers Mr.Narottam Patel, Mr.Fakirbhai Vaghela, Mr.Parbat Patel, Mr.Liladhar Vaghela, Mr.Jaysinh Chuahan, MLAs Mr.Shankar Chaudhary, Mr.Vasantbhai Bhatol, Mr.Mafatlal Purohit, Mr.Anil Mali, Mr.Govind Prajapati, Mr.Babubhai Desai, Directors of Banas dairy and farmers were present 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.