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Modi reviews COVID-19 situation with Empowered Groups
New Delhi, April 30, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting to review the functioning of different empowered groups on the COVID-19 pandemic through video conference here today.
The Empowered Group on Economic and Welfare measures made a presentation to the Prime Minister on steps taken such as extension of the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana.
The meeting was told that portability enabled due to One Nation One Ration Card initiative has helped to benefit more people. The insurance scheme for frontline health workers has been extended for another six months.
Modi directed that the Central Government should work in close co-ordination with the states to ensure that the poor get the benefits of free food-grain without any issues. He also said that steps should be taken to expedite the settlement of pending insurance claims so that the dependents of the deceased are able to avail of benefits in time.
The Empowered Group on issues relating to facilitating supply chain and logistics management gave a presentation on various advisories relating to measures to be taken to contain the pandemic. The Prime Minister instructed officials to plan holistically to ensure seamless movement of goods so that supply chain disruptions are avoided.
The Empowered Group on coordinating with private sector, NGOs & International Organizations briefed Modi on how Government is working in active partnership with private sector, NGOs and International Organisations. He asked the officials to explore how volunteers from civil society can be utilised to lessen the pressure on healthcare sector by involving them in non-specialised tasks. It was discussed that NGOs could help to establish and maintain lines of communication between the patients, their dependents & health care personnel. Ex-servicemen could be encouraged to handle call centres for communicating with people under home quarantine.