Reviewing Covid related situation in a meeting with Empowered Groups, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday directed 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.
Mr Modi chaired the meeting to review the functioning of different empowered groups through video conference.
The Empowered Group on Economic and Welfare measures made a presentation to Mr Modi on steps taken such as extension of PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana.
It was discussed that portability enabled due to One Nation One Ration Card initiative has helped to
benefit more people, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement. Insurance scheme for
frontline health workers has been extended for another 6 months.
The Prime Minister 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.
Mr Modi 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 and International Organisations briefed the Prime Minister on how Government is working in active partnership with private sector, NGOs and International Organisations.
Mr Modi asked the officials to explore how volunteers from civil society can be utilised to lessen the
pressure on healthcare sector by invoking them in non-specialised tasks. It was discussed that
NGOs could help to establish and maintain lines of communication between the patients, their
dependents and health care personnel. Ex Servicemen could be encouraged to handle
call centres for communicating with people under home quarantine.