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"Baba Ramdev has nothing to do with people or parties. He has a fire that why is there black money, corruption. The issue he raises, I really respect and I feel they are the issues I want to raise...sadly some people lose their sleep over it and trouble him: Shri Modi"
"It’s about what kind of nation we want to make as the nation turns 75. Poorest of the poor have homes, everyone has jobs, there is water, power and sanitation. Is this too much to ask: Shri Modi"

On the evening of 23rd March, 2014, Shri Narendra Modi attended the Yog Mahotsav at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi.

Organized by Patanjali Yogpeeth and Bharat Swabhiman Trust, the Yog Mahotsav coincided with the Martyrs Day, and witnessed millions of people from across the world taking part in Yoga. Organized across 650 districts of India and in over 40 countries of the world, the Yog Mahotsav marked the occasion of the death anniversaries of freedom fighters Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Shaheed Sukhdev and Shaheed Rajguru, and had Shri Narendra Modi felicitating the families of the freedom fighters.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Modi acknowledged and appreciated Yog Guru Baba Ramdev’s efforts at ensuring a Swastha Bharat, through the power of Yoga, and said, “It was believed that Yoga is something only seers do in caves. Ramdev ji made this a mass movement, and integrated everyone with it. I congratulate Yogi Shri Ramdev for this. He has also utilised technology, and I think this is a world record.” He further spoke of the immense yet untapped potential of Yoga in eliminating various vices, and mentioned how the Central government was least bothered at realizing the true value of Yoga. “Yog is not only about Rog Mukti but also Bhog Mukti. Yoga can be our cultural ambassador. We can reach out to the world through this medium. I am very happy that this Mahotsav began in Surat and I had the honour to be present there,” stated Shri Modi.

Shri Narendra Modi attended the Yog Mahotsav at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi

Shri Modi also affirmed how this initiative of Baba Ramdev solely focused on creating a healthy society, and was not a result of any political inclination. Appreciating Baba Ramdev’s thoughts towards ensuring a corruption-free society, Shri Modi said, “Baba Ramdev has nothing to do with people or parties. He has a fire that why is there black money, corruption. The issue he raises, I really respect and I feel they are the issues I want to raise...sadly some people lose their sleep over it and trouble him.”

On the occasion, Shri Modi also remembered the contribution of freedom fighters in the Nation’s freedom struggle and expressed reverence while mentioning how the people in pre-Independence era had the honour to die for the Nation, but today, we must instead be living for the Nation. “I bow to all the martyrs who gave their life for the nation. Before 1947 people had the honour to die for the nation. Sadly we don't have that honour but we have to live for the nation. Today, it should be about devoting ourselves to the people of India, to Bharat Mata,” said Shri Modi.

Shri Modi also spoke of how efforts should be directed at making the Nation such that it pays a rich tribute to the freedom fighters on the completion of India’s 75th year of Independence in 2022. He mentioned that this was possible only if the poor had homes, all were employed and basic amenities of water, power and sanitation was made available to all. “It’s about what kind of nation we want to make as the nation turns 75. What is the tribute we want to give to freedom fighters? Poorest of the poor have homes, everyone has jobs, there is water, power and sanitation. Is this too much to ask,” stated Shri Modi.

Most revered Morari Bapu ji, Bhai Shri Ramesh Bhai Oza, Swami Avdheshanand Giri and Swami Govind Vyas were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.

Shri Narendra Modi attended the Yog Mahotsav at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi

Shri Narendra Modi attended the Yog Mahotsav at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi

Shri Narendra Modi attended the Yog Mahotsav at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi

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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.