Preparing to commemorate 50th anniversary, an iconic moment, the ‘Swarnim Gujarat Sanklap Jyot Rathyatra’ connects every village of Gujarat. Devotion of citizens is to be beautifully expressed in the Golden-Jubilee celebrations of Gujarat.

The Vay-Vandana programme honors Senior-Citizens and teachers. When Sanklpa Jyot reached at Bedva village of Anand district, local ceremony, Shri Somabhai Jijabhai Dabhi, Shri Hasanbhai Vora, Maganbhai Patel and Ambalal Christian were honored. “I have seen 20 rupess per Tola -gold (20 grams of Gold equals one Tola), 3 Sher Ghee in just one rupee (Around 1.5k.g of Ghee for just Rs 1) and 20 k.g of rice for 3 rupees. I have also seen the foreign rule. I have performed Haj-Yatra. For the first time, it happens in my memory that the Village-Panchayat gathers to honor the Sr.Citizens. I feel, it is the right step, at right time. “Hasanbhai Said. They were honored with a Shawl and a garland.

Smt. Taraben Patel, settled in England, was also honored as part of Sanklpa Jyot Rathyatra at Bodali village- Navsari district. She worked in England for 45 years in a factory, manufacturing special costumes for bole-dance, and premium quality T-Shirts. We may feel the joy in her words. According to her, Students have performed very-well, they have in-born talents in them .What they need is our encouragement and love. “We visit our village, on and often. Roads have definitely improved.” She added. Smt. Savitaben stays in Auckland- New-Zealand. She helps her husband in running a Book-Shop. Since last 42 years, she regularly visits Bodali village of Navsari district. Her husband has been appointed as Justice of Peace by New-Zealand Government. She said that these sweet memories are to stay with them. Their heart ticks for Gujarat. When devastating earth-quake had hit Kachchha and other parts of Gujarat, they had helped earth-quake affected people by sending money and clothes.

They have assisted living-home for Senior Citizens. They find movies at reduced rates in the matinee –shows. They organise tours for the old-ones. But, the honor from motherland occupies a unique place for them.

In urban areas, they have senior-citizen-clubs. They arrange lectures and tours. They celebrate the birthday of member sr. citizen. They organise dinner, musical evening and cultural programmes. They make it a point to honour the Sr.Citizens; however, it rarely happens in the rural areas.

Vay-Vandana programme is shining with instilling respect and dignity for the old people, who have spent their energy, and important years of their life for the family and society. Life moves forward at the speed of bits and bytes. The digital era has mounted its pressure on society, but we owe a lot to them, who have lived for our betterment.

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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.