21 day Lock down in India over Covid-19

Posted by DreamWorks: March 29th Sunday 1:40am

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has formed a high-level committee of 15 ministers led by defence minister Rajnath Singh to ensure unhindered supply of essentials across the country during the three-week lockdown following the Covid-19 pandemic. Modi on Thursday assigned each Cabinet minister to a minimum of 15 districts to obtain direct updates from local administrations, covering all the districts of the country.

The new coordination team is in addition to the group of ministers chaired by health minister Harsh Vardhan, the economic task force led by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and an empowered committee for scientific response co-chaired by Niti-Aayog member Dr Vinod Paul and principal scientific advisor K VijayRaghavan. Between them, the task forces will address scale and spread of Covid-19, movement and screening of people who returned from abroad, R&D, lab testing, financial issues caused by the lockdown and smooth supply of essentials. To prevent overlap, each task force has different ministers. The Rajnath committee has been holding meeting since Wednesday.

The home ministry has been made the nodal ministry for ensuring supplies. Home minister Amit Shah is a member of the committee. Issues of goods laden trucks stranded on highways and suggestions on persuading automobile companies to manufacture ventila tors were discussed. Following the meet, a logistics committee was set up on Wednesday, which has on board secretaries to the ministries of aviation, health, drugs, textiles, consumer affairs, shipping, apart from the railway board chairman, and a senior official from the home and defence ministries.




The logistics committee will make air, road and rail transport available for relief operations and ensure coordination of logistic and transport requirements of central and state governments and private institutions engaged in sending essential supplies. Each Cabinet ministers will have direct central oversight over the situation in districts entrusted to them and ensure timely intervention and assistance.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh has charge over 20 districts in Uttar Pradesh, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman of 13 Andhra districts and 9 from Tamil Nadu. External Affairs minister S Jaishankar is in charge of 23 districts of West Bengal, commerce minister Piyush Goyal has 20 districts in Tamil Nadu and transport minister Nitin Gadkari 18 districts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai. Information and Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar is in charge of remaining Maharashtra districts and Andaman & Nicobar, while Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan has districts in his home state Odisha entrusted to him. Madhya Pradesh’s districts have been divided between three ministers.
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 The logistics committee will make air, road and rail transport available for relief operations and ensure coordination of logistic and transport requirements of central and state governments and private institutions engaged in sending essential supplies. Each Cabinet ministers will have direct central oversight over the situation in districts entrusted to them and ensure timely intervention and assistance.


Defence minister Rajnath Singh has charge over 20 districts in Uttar Pradesh, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman of 13 Andhra districts and 9 from Tamil Nadu. External Affairs minister S Jaishankar is in charge of 23 districts of West Bengal, commerce minister Piyush Goyal has 20 districts in Tamil Nadu and transport minister Nitin Gadkari 18 districts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai. Information and Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar is in charge of remaining Maharashtra districts and Andaman & Nicobar, while Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan has districts in his home state Odisha entrusted to him. Madhya Pradesh’s districts have been divided between three ministers.

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