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The leaders of 192 countries are busy discussing environmental problems such as global warming and are trying to find solutions in Copenhagen. But the answer to these issues lies in various scriptures of the Indian religions.

'The issue of global warming could be solved if the leaders of the west come to India and understand the Indian traditions,' said Chief Minister Narendra Modi in his 40-minute speech at 'Jyot' on Tuesday.

The CM visited the exhibition organised by a religious organisation, Jyot, with the support of Jain International Trade Organisation (JITO), Gujarat Chapter. The Indian scriptures believe in the philosophy of 'Chhod Ma Ranchod' (God lives in every plant), he said.

'Exploitation of nature is a crime, nourishing it is virtue,' said Modi. The environmental problem the world is facing today is because of over-exploitation of natural resources.

He even called up Sanskar Dham school to send its students to the exhibition. 'There is a need to understand and accept our culture in the new form and change it for the better. However, under the pretext of secularism many people are trying to destroy the Indian culture.It is a matter of shame that the government of Gujarat had to move the Supreme Court to seek a ban on cow slaughter,' said Shri Narendra Modi.

The chief minister also asked the Jain community to plant more trees around their religious centre Palitana. He also said that more than 25,000 small terrace ponds could be created in Palitana. 'The government has plans to celebrate 'Van Mahotsava' at Palitana next year,' Shri Narendra Modi said.

Acharya Vijay Yugbhushan Surishwaraji Maharaja, also known as Pandit Maharaja, said that the solution to global warming lies in following religious ethics. He also said that for the social order, Rajyashashan (political ruling) is must, in the same way Dharmashashan (religious ruling) is needed for a just world order. 'Exploitation through colonisation is at the root cause of the issues the world is facing today,' he said.

Utkarsh Shah, president of JITO, Gujarat chapter, said that in Gujarat, one plus one is not two, but eleven and Jyot and JITO have proven this by organising such a huge exhibition for 11-days in the city.

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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.