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‘Mann Ki Baat’: Narendra Modi urges people to overcome vaccine hesitancy

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In his 78th edition of the monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday appealed to people to shun Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy and ensure jabs to them and their family members to protect themselves from the coronavirus.

Allaying fears among countrymen, the Prime Minister clarified that people should not follow the rumours being spread against Covid-19 vaccine, and that “don’t believe in such rumours and make people aware of the benefit of the drive being run by the government to contain the spread of the deadly disease”.

The Prime Minister said that the aim should be that every citizen in every village of the country is administered Covid-19 vaccine.

Noting that India is now able to administer lakhs of vaccine doses everyday, the Prime Minister warned “avoiding vaccine jabs may be very dangerous and such act will not only push every individual’s life in danger but that of the family members as well”.

In a live telephonic conversation with some groups of people belonging to Madhya Pradesh’s Betul district during ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme, the Prime Minister advised them to shun the vaccine hesitancy and accept the shots offered to them by the government for their safety.

“Those who are spreading rumours on vaccines, let them be. We all will do our work and ensure people around us get vaccinated. The threat of Covid-19 remains, and we have to focus on vaccination as well as follow Covid-19 protocols,” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister urged the countrymen to “trust” science and not believe in negative rumours related to the vaccine.

“I urge you all-trust science. Trust our scientists. So many people have taken the vaccine. Let us never believe in negative rumours relating to the vaccine.”

While appealing to people, the Prime Minister said he himself has received Covid vaccine and his elderly mother too has taken the jab.

“I have taken both doses. My mother is almost hundred years old; she has taken vaccine too. Please do not believe any negative rumours relating to vaccines,” said the Prime Minister.

Modi further said that India’s fight against Covid will continue and the next phase of the world’s largest vaccination exercise began on June 21 when a record over 86 lakh people were administered shots.

India’s Covid vaccination drive began on January 16 this year with Prime Minister himself taking the first dose of Covaxin — India’s indigenous vaccine being manufactured by Bharat Biotech.

More than 31.51 crore (31,51,43,490) vaccine doses have been provided by the Central government to states and Union Territories (UTs) so far, through free of cost channel and through direct state procurement category.

Of this, the total consumption, including wastages is 30,35,97,466 doses, mentions Minstry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) latest report received at 8 a.m. on Sunday.

More than 1.15 crore (1,15,46,024) balance and unutilized Covid vaccine doses are still available with the states and the UTs to be administered. Furthermore, more than 20,48,960 vaccine doses are in the pipeline and will be received by the states and the UTs within the next three days.

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29 DCP-level officers transferred in major Delhi Police rejig

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 In a major reshuffle, 29 DCP-level officers of Delhi Police have been transferred and given new responsibilities, an official order said here on Saturday.

According to the order, Additional CP (traffic), Veenu Bansal, has been transferred as Additional CP, CPCR.

DCP Central district Jasmeet Singh, DCP Outer North district Rajeev Ranjan, and DCP Southwest district Ingit Pratap Singh have been sent to the Special Cell of the Delhi Police.

DCP North Anto Alphonse will be relieved for central deputation, while DCP South Atul Kumar Thakur has been posted as DCP Headquarter-1. Gaurav Sharma, who was serving as DCP Security, has been transferred as DCP South West District.

Benita Mary Jaiker, DCP 7th battalion DAP, has been shifted as DCP South district.

Shweta Chauhan, DCP (HQ), has been transferred as DCP Central District. Similarly, Sagar Singh Kalsi, DCP (P&L), has been made DCP North district.

Esha Pandey, DCP (PCR), has been shifted as DCP Southeast district, while Brijender Kumar Yadav has been transferred to the Outer North district.

R.P. Meena has been shifted as DCP HQ-2, while Santosh Kumar Meena will join as DCP (P&L).

Of all the 29 transferred officers, 10 are from the DANIPS cadre.

Earlier on August 29, 11 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers of Delhi Police were transferred and given new responsibilities in the national capital.

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K’taka BJP is puppet of RSS, working on their orders: Siddaramaiah

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 Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has no faith in democracy and a parliamentary system of governance, Siddaramaiah, the Leader of the Opposition has said, adding the entire government, including Bommai, is behaving like a puppet of the RSS and working on their orders,

The Congress party will start a statewide protest against price rise from October 2 till the prices are reduced, he said.

The position of the Speaker is above politics and political parties. His/Her decisions should always be unbiased. What is the sanctity of the position, if the speaker behaves like a member of a political party, he said.

“New National Education Policy is an attempt to enable upper caste and RSS to enslave marginalised sections, Dalits and women. If we try to oppose, Speaker jumps to justify the government,” he charged.

The BJP government has decided to hand over KIADB land that was acquired at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore per acre amounting to Rs 175 crore to acquire 116 acres. The same land is now being given to CESS at just Rs 50 crore. The current market price is Rs 300-400 crore, he said.

“The prices have increased drastically after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister. Both Central and State BJP governments are looting from the common man. Narendra Modi government has increased the excise duty of Diesel from Rs 3.45 to Rs 31.84 and excise duty of Petrol is increased from Rs 9.21 to Rs 32.98. Let him reduce excise duty by 50 per cent. The Narendra Modi government has collected about Rs 23 lakh crore as excise duty in the last 7 years,” he said.

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Centre sanctions medical devices park in Himachal

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 Himachal Pradesh has been sanctioned a medical devices park, first in north India, by the Central government with the grant-in-aid of Rs 100 crore, said Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Thakur thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for sanctioning the park to be developed in Nalagarh in Solan district where land measuring 265 hectares has been identified.

The Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers had notified the guidelines of the Promotion of Medical Devices Park scheme that aimed to set up four medical devices parks in the country.

The Chief Minister said the estimated cost of this park would be Rs 266.95 crore and Rs 160.95 crore would be borne by the state government.

He said the state was expecting an investment of over Rs 5,000 crore with a turnover of Rs 20,000 crore and gainful employment for about 10,000 people.

The park will give big boost to the second stage of industrialization apart from producing consumer goods, Thakur said, adding that it would have industries producing capital goods such as plants and machinery, etc.

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