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Modi meets ministers, reviews progress on schemes

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modiNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held a meeting of his council of ministers to review progress on schemes related to some ministries and laid thrust on faster delivery of government initiatives.

The meeting lasted about two-and-half-hours.

The sources said the meeting reviewed schemes and government initiatives related to ministries such as agriculture, chemical and fertilizer and water resources.

They said such meetings were likely to be held every month.

Modi had earlier held meetings with groups of secretaries who presented their ideas and suggestions on issues such as “Swasth Bharat, Shikshit Bharat (Healthy India, Educated India)”, “innovative budgeting and effective implementation” and “Ganga Rejuvenation”.

Modi’s meeting with his team of ministers to review implementation of schemes came a day after his government completed 20 months in office.

The coming year is crucial for the government as it will be completing half of its term.

Four major states will go the polls in the first half of this year.

The opposition has accused the Modi government of being high on promises and low on delivery.

It has also slammed the government over rise in prices of some food items such as pulses.

BJP leaders have dismissed the allegations of the opposition and said that the slew of initiatives government were already showing impact and will show greater results in the coming days.

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Link medical facilities with virtual ICUs: Yogi

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UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked officials to start the process to link medical institutes with virtual ICUs by using technology in such a way that the serious patients may get treatment from experienced doctors.

He also asked the officials to keep ventilators/high flow nasal cannula (HFNC) functional in all districts.

At a meeting of Team 11, the Chief Minister has directed officials to adopt an effective strategy to control spread of Coronavirus in districts where 100 or more positive cases are being found every day for the last one week.

He asked the Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretaries of Home (health and medical education) along with medical experts to hold a detailed discussion to finalise the action plan in this regard.

The Chief Minister reiterated that nodal officers be nominated in these districts with deployment of special secretary-rank officers with each of nodal officer.

Yogi also asked officials to maximise contact tracing for effective control on Corona infection. He asked them to target high risk groups and put them to tests.

He stressed on taking up enforcement exercise to check observance of social distancing and use of masks by people.

“Create micro-containment zones as and where required. Public address systems should be functional all the time to spread awareness about protection from Corona virus and the prevailing traffic rules,” he said.

He said one-third of the total Covid tests per day should be conducted through RT-PCR and the rest by rapid antigen method.

He further directed officials to increase the number of beds in Covid Level-2 and Level-3 hospitals.

The Chief Minister said that the people should be sensitized about protection from Covid-19 in view of coming festivals. He said the festivals had to be celebrated at home and no public functions should be organised and all the norms of social distancing and use of masks should be followed strictly.

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