Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday lauded the hard work and humane attitude of DMs of over 50 districts spread in 10 states with high Covid-19 caseloads. During a virtual meeting, PM Modi said that district officials are playing very important role in fighting COVID and called them "field commanders".
"You all are playing a very important role in the battle against Corona. In a way, you are the field commanders of this battle," he said.
The Prime Minister underlined that the government didn't shhut the farming sector during the first wave and that "I was astonished to see how villagers were maintaining social distancing in the fields".
"Villages grasp the information and modify it according to their needs. This is the strength of villages," he said.
"In the battle against this virus, our weapons are local containment zone, aggressive testing and sending correct and complete information to the people," PM Modi said.
"Currently, there is a dip in the number of COVID19 cases in some states while increase in others. As the cases are decreasing, we need to be more alert. I have been requesting in the meetings which were held in last one year that our fight is to save every single life," he said.
He said that continuous efforts are being made to increase the supply of COVID vaccines on a large scale.
"Health Ministry is streamlining the system and process of vaccination. Attempt is being made to give a schedule of next 15 days to the states in advance," he said.
"This will help you know that for many people in the district will the vaccine be made available and how do you have to make preparation for that," he told the officials present in the meeting.
According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), officials from Karnataka, Bihar, Assam, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi took part in the meeting.
The battle against COVID-19 across various states and districts is being led at the cutting edge by field-level officials. Many of them have shown great initiative and come out with imaginative solutions.
Many effective measures have been taken - from ensuring that strict containment measures are undertaken to control the spread, to preparing the healthcare facilities for handling the raging second wave, to ensuring availability of healthcare workforce and a seamless supply chain for logistics, these districts in their relentless efforts to manage the situation also have success stories that could be replicated across the country, it added.