Spoke with my friend Scott Morrison to thank him for Australia’s solidarity and support for India’s fight against the pandemic.prime minister narendra modi
We agreed on the importance of ensuring affordable and equitable access to vaccines and medicines, and discussed possible initiatives in this regard.
Rahul Gandhi, Congress Leader :
Hon’ble Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
Dear Prime Minister,
I am compelled to write to you once more as the Covid tsunami continues to ravage our country unabated.
In such an unprecedented crisis, the people of India must be your foremost priority. I urge you to do everything in your power to stop the needless suffering that our people are going through.
But it is also important to understand India’s responsibility in a globalized and interconnected world.
India is home to one out of every six human beings on the planet. The pandemic has demonstrated that our size, genetic diversity and complexity make India fertile ground for the virus to rapidly mutate, transforming itself into a more contagious and more dangerous form. The double and triple mutant strains that we are currently grappling with are only the beginning, I fear.
Allowing the uncontrollable spread of this virus in our country will be devastating not only for our people but also for the rest of the world.
It is, therefore, absolutely critical that we address several urgent issues without delay.
• Scientifically track the virus and its mutations across the country using genome sequencing as well as its disease patterns
• Dynamically assess the efficacy of all vaccines against all new mutations as they are identified
• Rapidly vaccinate our entire population
• Be transparent and keep the rest of the world informed about our findings.
Your government’s lack of a clear and coherent Covid and vaccination strategy, as well as its hubris in declaring premature victory as the virus was exponentially spreading, has placed India in a highly dangerous position: today the disease is growing explosively. It is currently on the verge of overwhelming all of our systems. GOI’s failures have made another devastating national lockdown almost inevitable.
In light of this, it is critical that our people are prepared for such an eventuality. To prevent a repeat of the manifold suffering caused by last year’s lockdown, the government must act with compassion and provide critical financial and food support to our most vulnerable people. In addition, it must be ready with a transportation strategy for those who will require it.
I am aware that you are concerned about the economic impact of a lockdown. Inside and outside India, the human cost of allowing this virus to continue its march unimpeded will result in many more tragic consequences for our people than any purely economic calculations your advisors are suggesting.
In times of crisis, various stakeholders must be taken into confidence so we can all work together to safeguard India. Once again, I assure you of our support in the fight against this ferocious pandemic.
Please consider these urgent and time-sensitive suggestions.
P Chidambaram, Former Finance Minister :
The pandemic situation is going from bad to worse.
The insufficient supply of vaccines is a hard, bitter truth, but the government is in denial.
In TN, not all among 45+ are getting the first dose and a small number the second dose.
Nobody between 18 and 44 is getting the vaccine.
The situation in other states is not very different.
The PM and the Health Minister refuse to own responsibility and are making a mockery of democratic principles.
On assuming office as Chief Minister, signed in files pertaining to the following welfare schemes:
Sanctioning COVID19 Relief,
Free travel scheme for Women,
Reduction in Milk price,
Creating a new department for ‘CM scheme in your constituency’.
Extending Government insurance for Covid treatment in private hospitals
Nobody will go hungry during the lockdown.
Next week onwards free food kits will be distributed for all families and guest workers.
Food will be delivered to the needy from People’s Restaurants and Community Kitchens through Local Self Government Institutions.
As a measure against the pandemic, strict restrictions will be imposed in the state from May 10 to May 24.BS Yediyurappa – CM, Karnataka
I appeal to all citizens to adhere to guidelines and co-operate with the government to contain the spread of the virus.
Let us work together, safeguard each other.
Aam Aadmi Party:
- Mass Vaccination for Journalists!!
- Arvind Kejriwal Govt to organize Free Mass COVID vaccination drive for all Media houses
- It will include Electronic Media/Digital Media/Print Media
- Vaccination camps will be organized at their offices & Delhi Govt will bear the cost
Nirmala Sitharaman – Union Finance Minister:
The operations in Bengaluru and Chennai in the last few days are important.
The DRI and CBIC serving the call of duty for national security.
International drug gangs are a menace to any country.
Even during Covid need to keep our alert high.
Keep the good work going.
The DRI operations carried out on the 6th & 7th May, resulted in the apprehension of 4 foreign nationals trying to smuggle narcotic drugs into the country; a total of 25 kg of heroin has been seized at Bangalore and Chennai Airports in the two operations
The seizure of 15 kg at Chennai was effected through officers of the AIU Chennai working in tandem with the DRI.
These operations are an outcome of the heightened alerts and readiness maintained by the DRI to check the menace of international drug gangs trying to take advantage of the COVID pandemic to traffic dangerous narcotic drugs into India.
Book Business is currently facing a lot of challenges due to the Corona Virus Pandemic.Supriya Sule – MP, NCP leader
With this there are difficulties in obtaining the ISBN No. essential for the sale of the books.
Raja Rammohan Roy agency under MHRD allots the ISBN No.
However, there are some technical problems on the portal making it difficult for publishers to obtain the ISBN No.
Requesting Union Education Minister Dr RP Nishank Ji to kindly look into the matter and direct concern authorities to resolve the said issue.
MK Stalin – CM, Tamil Nadu
Visited the 800 beds Govt Care Center with oxygen facilities being set up at the Chennai Trade Center in Nandambakkam, Chennai.
In the first phase, 300 beds will be operational from the 10th.
In a concerted response to the second surge of COVID-19 infection in the country, Ministry of Ayush is launching a massive nationwide campaign today to distribute its proven poly herbal Ayurvadic drugs AYUSH 64 and Sidha drug Kabasura Kudineer for the benefit of the vast majority of out of hospital COVID patients.
The efficacy of these drugs has been proved through robust multi-centre clinical trials. The multi stakeholder campaign being launched by Shri Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State (independent charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports and Minister of Ayush (additional charge) will ensure that medicines reach the needy in a transparent and efficient manner. The main collaborator in the campaign is Sewa Bharati.
A comprehensive strategy of distribution has been chalked out and the role out will unfold in a phased manner, utilising the wide network of various institutions working under the aegis of the ministry and this will be supported by the countrywide network of Sewa Bharati.
It is worthwhile to note that since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country, the Ministry of Ayush has taken several initiatives toward control and mitigation of COVID 19, while also working in close collaboration with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in the fight against COVID 19. With the latest initiative of the Ministry to launch a nationwide campaign for distribution of AYUSH-64 and Kabasura Kudineer, India aims to strengthen its position in fight against COVID19 pandemic.
The Ministry has taken several initiatives and setup an Interdisciplinary AYUSH Research and Development Task Force involving experts from diverse fields to formulate and develop strategies for control and mitigation of COVID 19. Many clinical and observational studies have been undertaken to understand the role of AYUSH interventions in mitigation and management of COVID 19 whereas various studies were carried out on AYUSH-64, an Ayurvedic formulation developed by the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS)and Kabasura Kudineer, a classical Siddha formulation.
The Ministry of Ayush-Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) collaboration has recently completed a robust multi-centre clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of AYUSH 64 in the management of mild to moderate COVID-19 patients. Kabasura Kudineer, a Siddha medicine was also subjected to clinical trials for studying the efficacy in Covid-19 patients by Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS) under Ministry of Ayush and is also found useful in the treatment of mild to moderate covid-19 infection.
The Ministry has also setup an Interdisciplinary Committee for Inclusion of Ayurveda and Yoga Interventions in the ‘National Clinical Management Protocol: COVID-19, which was chaired by Dr V M Katoch, former Director General ICMR.
AYUSH-64 is recommended in National Clinical Management Protocol based on Ayurveda and Yoga which is vetted by National Task Force on COVID Management of ICMR and Guidelines for Ayurveda Practitioners for COVID-19 Patients in Home Isolation.
Kabasura Kudineer is included in Guidelines for Siddha Practitioners for COVID 19, Ministry of Ayush Govt. of India.
Based on the encouraging results of AYUSH-64 and Kabasura Kudineer in the management of asymptomatic, mild to moderate COVID-19 as adjunct to Standard care, the Ministry of Ayush is launching this nationwide campaign for distribution of AYUSH-64 and Kabaasur Kudineer today so that the COVID -19 patients in home isolation may be benefitted with Ayush systems of medicines.
Dear MK Stalin, as you take on your new responsibilities as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, let me wish you great success.pinarayi vijayan – cm, kerala
I hope that we can further deepen the fraternal love that Keralites and Tamilians have shared for centuries, and work together for a better India.