Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with floor leaders of all parties from both Houses of Parliament yesterday evening to keep them informed of the trajectory of COVID-19 in India and the Public Health Response to the Pandemic. He thanked all leaders for participating in the meeting and giving very practical inputs and suggestions.
He added that inputs from different parts of the country help immensely in policy design. Mr Modi said, the pandemic should not be a matter of politics and is a matter of concern for entire humanity. He added that mankind has not seen such a pandemic in the last 100 years. Mr Modi also spoke about the efforts being made to ensure one oxygen plant in every district across the country along with prison. Prime Minister informed leaders about the rising speed of India’s vaccination program and how the first 10 crore doses took around 85 days while the last 10 crore doses have taken 24 days.
Mr Modi stressed the need to properly plan the vaccination drives at the district level based on the advance availability indicated by the Central Government to ensure no inconvenience to the people. He said that it is a matter of concern that a significant number of Health care workers and Frontline workers are yet to get the vaccine even after six months since the drive commenced and added that states need to be more proactive towards this. Prime Minister spoke about the need to stay vigilant looking at the situation in various countries. Mr Modi also spoke about India’s unique experience of using technology in this pandemic in the form of Cowin and Aarogya Setu. Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda lauded the Prime Minister Modi for his constant monitoring and working tirelessly through the pandemic.
Leaders across parties thanked the Prime Minister for his efforts through the pandemic. Leaders also spoke about their own unique experiences with the disease. They also highlighted the situation in various states and spoke about the vaccination drives in their respective states. They also spoke about the need to constantly ensure Covid appropriate behaviour. Leaders unanimously appreciated the presentation given to them for its rich information and insights. A detailed presentation was given by Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan. He informed that as of date, only eight States have more than ten thousand cases with majority of caseload in the State of Maharashtra and Kerala. He said, only five states have a positivity rate more than 10 per cent.