Adequate supplies of essential items available to citizens, assures Prime Minister; Talks tough on black marketing and hoarding
In the video conference with Chief Ministers of states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that measures are being taken to ensure availability of protective gear and critical equipment for all front-line workers.
He also gave a stern message against black marketing and hoarding. Condemning and expressing distress at the instances of attacks on the doctors and medical staff, and at incidents of misbehavior with students from North-East and Kashmir, Prime Minister underlined that such cases need to be dealt with firmly.
Prime Minister talked about strengthening healthcare infrastructure and reaching out to patients through tele-medicine. He also suggested that direct marketing for farm produce can be incentivised to prevent crowding in mandis, for which model APMC laws should be reformed.
The Prime Minister also spoke about popularizing the Aarogya Setu app to ensure downloads in greater numbers. He said, based on the experiences of South Korea and Singapore, India has made its own effort at contact tracing through the app. He also referred to the possibility of the app being an e-pass which could subsequently facilitate travel from one place to another.Talking about the economic challenges, Prime Minister said that the crisis is an opportunity to become self-reliant.
During the conference, the Chief Ministers provided feedback about the COVID-19 positive cases in their respective states. They also discussed steps taken to maintain social distancing, ramp up healthcare infrastructure, mitigate difficulties of migrants and maintain supply of essentials.