Interacting with the Chief Ministers through video conferencing, the Prime Minister called for working together to fight the pandemic with collective power, noting that the virus is affecting several States as well as Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities at once.
PM Modi said the biggest basis of India’s success during the first wave of the pandemic was our united efforts and united strategy and reiterated that we will have to address this challenge in the same way.
The Prime Minister assured Centre’s full support to all the States and in this fight. He added that the Ministry of Health is also in touch with the States and is monitoring the situation closely and issuing necessary advices to the states from time to time.
On oxygen supply, PM Modi took note of the points raised by the States. He said there is a continuous effort to increase oxygen supply.
All the concerned Departments and Ministries of the Government are also working together in this regard, while industrial oxygen has also been diverted to meet immediate requirements, he added.
PM Modi urged all the States to work together and coordinate with one-another to fulfil requirements relating to medicines and oxygen. He also urged the states to check hoarding and black marketing of oxygen and medicines.
The PM said that every State should ensure that no oxygen tanker, whether it is meant for any state, is stopped or gets stranded.
PM Modi mentioned that India is running the world’s largest vaccination programme and so far, more than 15 crore vaccine doses have been provided free of cost to the states by the Government of India.
During the interaction, Chief Ministers of States briefed PM Modi about the steps being taken by respective State Governments in the current wave.
They also noted that the directions given by the PM and the road map presented by NITI would help them plan their responses in a better way.