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On the occasion of unveiling the Statue of Ex. Governor of Gujarat, late Sundarsinh Bhandari in Udaipur of Rajasthan, Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendrabhai Modi today, called upon youths to free the nation from provincialism, racialism and vote-bank politics and take it to the summits of prosperity.

Lauding the efforts and martyrdom of great patriots of the country, he said that they have shown us a path of growth polity and our commitment to such idols is the only real way-out from the burning issues of the nation. Provincialism, racialism and vote-bank politics have corrupted the country after independence. Today, at least a 40% of the youths need to take motivation from life of late Sundarsinhji and walk on the path paved by him, he said.

BJP President Shri Nitin Gadakari unveiled the statue of senior RSS Pracharak, late Sundarsinh Bhandari. A large gathering of people coming from long distances was present to hear from the chief guest of the occasion, Shri Narendra Modi. Shri Modi appealed people to take inspiration from the life of patriots like Sundarsinhji. Charting late Sundersinhji as an ideal of RSS tradition he said the BJP leaders in past has moved in more than 400 districts to spread the message of patriotism.

Chief Minister said that a positive partnership between Gujarat and Rajasthan has benefited its' people with the water of Narmada. Provincialism can only birth fights between State and not benefit, he said.

Shri Modi also gave tribute to Chafekar brothers, Chandrashekhar Azad, Subhashchandra Boze, Vir Savarkar and Mahatma Gandhi and appealed to seek inspiration from their life and adept a path of growth polity.

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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.