On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet with various district magistrates to get direct feedback on the progress and status of various government schemes and programmes, according to his office. The meeting will be held via video conferencing at 11 a.m., according to the PMO.
According to the release, the meeting with district magistrates is being held to assess the performance of local officials and determine the challenges they face.
It also aims to achieve saturation of various schemes by various departments in districts in mission mode, with all stakeholders in mind, according to the PMO.
Under PM Modi’s leadership, the central government has taken several steps to address asymmetry in growth and development across the country, according to the PMO. “The meeting is in line with the Centre’s commitment to raising all citizens’ living standards and ensuring inclusive growth for all,” the statement added.
The meeting takes place at a time when the country is dealing with a new wave of Covid-19 cases, with the number of daily cases approaching 3.5 lakh. The last time daily cases exceeded 3 lakh was during the country’s second wave in April of last year.
According to data from the Union health ministry, the country had 3,47,254 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday. In a 24-hour period, the country recorded 703 deaths, bringing the total death toll to 488,396. The total number of cases is 3,85,66,027.
The central government announced on Friday that Covid vaccination, including precaution doses, will be delayed for three months after recovery for people who have a lab-proven coronavirus infection.
In a letter to all states and union territories, Union health ministry additional secretary Vikas Sheel stated that the suggestion is based on scientific evidence and the recommendation of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization.
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