PM’s remarks at review meeting with districts having low vaccination coverage

Published By : Admin | November 3, 2021 | 13:49 IST
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The Prime Minister interacted with District Magistrates of over 40 districts in Jharkhand, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, and other States with districts having low vaccination coverage
Exhorts all officials to ensure that the country widens its vaccination coverage by the end of the year and enters the new year with renewed self belief and confidence
“Now we are preparing to take the vaccination campaign to each household. With the mantra of ‘Har Ghar Dastak’, knock on every door, every household lacking the security net of a double dose of vaccine will be approached”
“Develop micro strategies, keeping in mind the experience so far to go for saturation of vaccination by addressing the gaps at local level”
“You will have to do your best to take your districts nearer the national average”
“You can take more help from local religious leaders. Have always found leaders of all religion great advocates of vaccination”
“You will have to contact those people who have not taken the second dose despite the stipulated time on a priority basis”


The issues that you put forth and the experiences that you shared are very important. I can see that you also have the same spirit that your state, district and locality should be free from this crisis as soon as possible. It is the festival of Diwali and I can understand the hectic schedule of the Chief Ministers. I am very grateful to all the respected Chief Ministers for taking out time to be present with us. It is true that I wanted to speak to the people of the districts and did not want to disturb the Chief Ministers. But it is the commitment of the Chief Ministers and their goal of 100% vaccination in their statesthat they are here and their presence will give a new confidence and strength to the officers of our districts. It is a matter of great happiness for me and I express my special gratitude to the Chief Ministers for giving so much importance to this meeting and taking out time to sit with us during the festive period.

I thank all the Chief Ministers from my heart and I am sure that today’s deliberations will lead to good results due to their blessings. And let me tell you that the progress we have made till date is because of your hard work. Every employee of the district, village and our ASHA workers has worked very hard. They have travelled on foot to many far flung areas to deliver vaccines. But if we slacken after the one billion dose achievement, there may be a new crisis. Therefore, there is a saying in our country that diseases and enemies should never be underestimated. We have to fight till the very end and, therefore, I would like not to let our guard down.

Friends,

The country has faced many challenges during this biggest pandemic of 100 years. There was something special in the country's fight against Corona that we found new solutions and tried innovative ways. People explored new things in their areas. You also have to put in more efforts to step up vaccination in your respective districts through innovative ways. New methods, new enthusiasm and new technology will infuse life into this campaign. You also have to bear in mind that the states which have completed the 100% first dose phase have also faced different challenges. There were difficulties due to geographical conditions or resources. But these districts have overcome these challenges.We all have several months of experience as far as vaccination is concerned. We have learned a lot and our ASHA workers have also learned how to fight with an unknown enemy. Now you have to move ahead with strategies at micro level. Let’s forget the narrative of the state or district. We have to target those houses which have been left out of vaccination in villages. We have to remove whatever shortcomings are there. As you said about special camps, it is a good idea. If you have to make different strategies for each village and each town in your districts, then go ahead. You can also do this by forming a team of 20-25 people depending on the region. We can also try to have a healthy competition in the teams that you form.You should also take maximum help from our young friends of NCC-NSS. You can also make a region wise time-table of your respective districts and set your targets. I keep talking to our colleagues from the government at the grass root level. I have seen that the women officers who are involved in vaccination are working with great enthusiasm and they have given good results. Take the help of our women employees in government and our women force in the police for 5-7 days. The results will be very astonishing. You will have to put your maximum efforts to take your districts nearer to the national average as soon as possible. In fact, I want you to go beyond that. I know you are facing the challenge of rumors and a state of confusion among people. And as we move forward,we may face these problems in concentrated areas. Many of you have mentioned this during the conversation. A major solution to this is to make people more aware.You should also connect local religious leaders in this endeavor, take their help, make their short videos of about 2-3 minutes and make these videos popular. Religious leaders should explain to peoplein these videos which should reach every house. I often meet gurus of different sects regularly. I had talked to many religious leaders in the very beginning and appealed to them for their help in this work. All of them are very supportive of vaccination and no one opposes it. Just two days ago, I also met Pope Francis at the Vatican. We also have to lay special emphasis on spreading the messages of the religious leaders regarding vaccination among the masses.

 

Friends,

There is now a move to take the vaccination campaign to every household to help and motivate the people in your districts. The mantra of ‘Har GharDastak’ (knock on every door) will be initiated in every household lacking the security net of a double dose of vaccine. So far, you have made arrangements for taking people to the vaccination centers and for safe vaccinations there. Now we have to reach every household with the spirit of ‘Har GharTika, GharGharTika’ (vaccination at doorstep).

Friends,

We have to make full use of our social infrastructure from technology to communication for the success of this campaign. We have many such models in states and districts of the country which have been adopted for 100% vaccination from remote villages to cities. You should adopt whatever model is suitable for you or for a particular area according to the social or geographical conditions. You can do one more thing. Many of your colleagues have carried out vaccination in their districts at a rapid pace. It is possible that they have also gone through the same challenges you are facing. You should also try to find out from them how they increased the pace of vaccination and how they solved the problems. Your one phone call to them can bring a change in your district. You can also duplicate their innovative strategies or some of their good practices in your districts.We will have to step up our efforts to vaccinate our tribal communities and forest dwellers. Our experience so far shows that local leadership with the support and cooperation of other respected peers in the society is a big factor in the successful vaccination campaign.We have to dedicate some days as well. For example, the birth anniversary of Birsa Munda ji is approaching. Create an atmosphere in the entire tribal areas ahead of the birth anniversary of Birsa Munda ji that vaccination will be a true tribute to him. Similarly, we will have to think on such emotional lines. I think this approach will also be very useful in the complete vaccination of this tribal community. Better results will follow if we keep the communication related to vaccines simple and in their local languages and dialects. I have seen some people making vaccination-based songs in local dialects.

 

Friends,

While knocking on every household, you all have to pay equal attention to the second dose along with the first dose. Because whenever the infection cases start declining, the feeling of urgency also wanes. People tend to think ‘what is the hurry;we will get the vaccines later’. I remember when we crossed the one billion dose mark I went to a hospital where I met a gentleman. I asked him why he did not take the vaccine for so long. He said he was a wrestler and did not feel the need for it. ‘Now that one billion doses has been achieved, I came here for vaccination because, otherwise, I would be considered an untouchable if I did not and my head would hang in shame. Therefore, I decided to get myself vaccinated and came here’. Therefore, I urge we don’t have to let our guard down. It is because of this approach that many developed countries are now concerned with the increasing number of corona cases. For a country like ours, we cannot afford to tolerate it. Therefore, it is very important to take both the doses of the vaccine on time. You have to contact the people in your areas on priority basis who have not yet received the second dose despite the completion of the prescribed time and get them vaccinated.

Friends,

Under the ‘Free Vaccine for All’ campaign, we have administered about 2.5 crore vaccine doses in a day, and demonstrated our capabilities. The entire supply chain network is in place for door-to-door delivery of the vaccines. Detailed information regarding the availability of vaccines this month has also been shared with every state in advance. Therefore, you can plan your targets for this month in advance according to your convenience. Now there is an enthusiasm to celebrate Diwali after crossing the one billion dose mark and we have to meet the new targets to celebrate Christmas with equal zeal and enthusiasm. We have to move ahead with this spirit.

In the end, I want to remind you friends one more thing. Recall the day when it was your first day of government service. I want to appeal to all the district officers and the teams sitting with them. Recall your first day of your duty when you graduated after training from Mussoorie. What were the feelings, your passion and dreams? I am sure that you had the intention of doing something good for society and work wholeheartedly for this. Remember those dreams and resolutions once again and determine that there can be no greater opportunity than this to dedicate our lives for those who have been left behind in the society and those who are underprivileged. Commit yourself by remembering the same spirit. I am surethe vaccination situation in your districts will improve very soon with your collective efforts. Let us make the ‘Har GharDastak’ vaccine campaign successful by visiting every household.I request the people of the country who are listening to me today to come forward.It is good that you have been vaccinated, but you work hard to get others vaccinated. You make it a point to connect 2-5-10 people every day in this endeavor. This is the service to humanity and to Mother Bharati. It is the welfare of 130 crore countrymen.Let there be no hesitation and our Diwali should be the Diwali of those resolutions. We are going to celebrate 75 years of independence. We have very little time to ensure that this 75th year of independence is filled with happiness and is full of confidence. I have faith in all of you. I have faith in a young team like you and that's why I deliberately decided to meet these friends of my country as soon as I came from abroad. All the Chief Ministers were also present and they have demonstrated their seriousness. I am also grateful to all the respected Chief Ministers. I once again thank you all very much. Namaskar!

 

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PM to inaugurate India Energy Week 2023 in Bengaluru
Moving ahead on the ethanol blending roadmap, PM to launch E20 fuel
PM to flag off Green Mobility Rally to create public awareness for green fuels
PM to launch the uniforms under ‘Unbottled’ initiative of Indian Oil - each uniform to support recycling of around 28 used PET bottles
PM to dedicate the twin-cooktop model of the IndianOil’s Indoor Solar Cooking System - a revolutionary indoor solar cooking solution that works on both solar and auxiliary energy sources simultaneously
In yet another step towards Aatmanirbharta in defence sector, PM to dedicate to the nation the HAL Helicopter Factory in Tumakuru
PM to lay foundation stones of Tumakuru Industrial Township and of two Jal Jeevan Mission projects in Tumakuru

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will visit Karnataka on 6th February, 2023. At around 11:30 AM, Prime Minister will inaugurate India Energy Week 2023 at Bengaluru. Thereafter, at around 3:30 PM, he will dedicate to the nation the HAL helicopter factory at Tumakuru and also lay the foundation stone of various development initiatives.

India Energy Week 2023

Prime Minister will inaugurate the India Energy Week (IEW) 2023 in Bengaluru. Being held from 6th to 8th February, IEW is aimed to showcase India's rising prowess as an energy transition powerhouse. The event will bring together leaders from the traditional and non-traditional energy industry, governments, and academia to discuss the challenges and opportunities that a responsible energy transition presents. It will see the presence of more than 30 Ministers from across the world. Over 30,000 delegates, 1,000 exhibitors and 500 speakers will gather to discuss the challenges and opportunities of India's energy future. During the programme, Prime Minister will participate in a roundtable interaction with global oil & gas CEOs. He will also launch multiple initiatives in the field of green energy.

The ethanol blending programme has been a key focus areas of the government to achieve Aatmanirbharta in the field of energy. Due to the sustained efforts of the government, ethanol production capacity has seen a six times increase since 2013-14. The achievements in the course of last eight years under under Ethanol Blending Programe & Biofuels Programe have not only augmented India’s energy security but have also resulted in a host of other benefits including reduction of 318 Lakh Metric Tonnes of CO2 emissions and foreign exchange savings of around Rs 54,000 crore. As a result, there has been payment of around Rs 81,800 crore towards ethanol supplies during 2014 to 2022 and transfer of more than Rs 49,000 crore to farmers.

In line with the ethanol blending roadmap, Prime Minister will launch E20 fuel at 84 retail outlets of Oil Marketing Companies in 11 States/UTs. E20 is a blend of 20% ethanol with petrol. The government aims to achieve a complete 20% blending of ethanol by 2025, and oil marketing companies are setting up 2G-3G ethanol plants that will facilitate the progress.

Prime Minister will also flag off the Green Mobility Rally. The rally will witness participation of vehicles running on green energy sources and will help create public awareness for the green fuels.

Prime Minister will launch the uniforms under ‘Unbottled’ initiative of Indian Oil. Guided by the vision of the Prime Minister to phase out single-use plastic, IndianOil has adopted uniforms for retail customer attendants and LPG delivery personnel made from recycled polyester (rPET) & cotton. Each set of uniform of IndianOil’s customer attendant shall support recycling of around 28 used PET bottles. IndianOil is taking this initiative further through ‘Unbottled’ - a brand for sustainable garments, launched for merchandise made from recycled polyester. Under this brand, IndianOil targets to meet the requirement of uniforms for the customer attendants of other Oil Marketing Companies, non-combat uniforms for Army, uniforms/ dresses for Institutions & sales to retail customers.

Prime Minister will also dedicate the twin-cooktop model of the IndianOil’s Indoor Solar Cooking System and flag-off its commercial roll-out. IndianOil had earlier developed an innovative and patented Indoor Solar Cooking System with single cooktop. On the basis of feedback received, twin-cooktop Indoor Solar Cooking system has been designed offering more flexibility and ease to the users. It is a revolutionary indoor solar cooking solution that works on both solar and auxiliary energy sources simultaneously, making it a reliable cooking solution for India.

PM in Tumakuru

In yet another step towards Aatmanirbharta in the defence sector, Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation the HAL Helicopter Factory in Tumakuru. Its foundation stone was also laid by the Prime Minister in 2016. It is a dedicated new greenfield helicopter factory which will enhance capacity and ecosystem to build helicopters.

This helicopter factory is Asia’s largest helicopter manufacturing facility and will initially produce the Light Utility Helicopters (LUH). LUH is an indigenously designed and developed 3-ton class, single engine multipurpose utility helicopter with unique feature of high manoeuvrability.

The factory will be expanded to manufacture other helicopters such as Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and Indian Multirole Helicopter (IMRH) as well as for repair and overhaul of LCH, LUH, Civil ALH and IMRH in the future. The factory also has the potential for exporting the Civil LUHs in future.

This facility will enable India to meet its entire requirement of helicopters indigenously and will attain the distinction of enabling self-reliance in helicopter design, development and manufacture in India.

The factory will have a manufacturing set up of Industry 4.0 standards. Over the next 20 years, HAL is planning to produce more than 1000 helicopters in the class of 3-15 tonnes from Tumakuru. This will result in providing employment for around 6000 people in the region.

Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of Tumakuru Industrial Township. Under the National Industrial Corridor Development Programme, development of the Industrial Township spread across 8484 acre in three phases in Tumakuru has been taken up as part of Chennai Bengaluru Industrial Corridor.

Prime Minister will lay the foundation stones of two Jal Jeevan Mission projects at Tiptur and Chikkanayakanahalli in Tumakuru. The Tiptur Multi-Village Drinking Water Supply Project will be built at a cost of over Rs 430 crores. The Multi-village water supply scheme to 147 habitations of Chikkanayakanahlli taluk will be built at a cost of around Rs 115 crores. The projects will facilitate provision of clean drinking water for the people of the region.