Yesterday Prime Minister Narendra Modi held meetings for more than five hours to review some ministries and the work they did during the Covid crisis. The review meeting comes days after the Prime Minister announced that the center would provide vaccines free of charge to everyone over 18 from June 21 and, in a policy reversal, would also take back control of immunization for those over 18. States.
The meeting, sources said, started at 5 p.m. and continued until 10 p.m. BJP President JP Nadda was also present at the meeting held at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg, the Prime Minister’s residence.
The ministries, seven in total, made brief presentations on various decisions made by them, government sources said.
Ministry of Petroleum, Ministry of Steel, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Ministry of Environment , forests and climate change were discussed.
The discussion, sources said, also revolved around what kind of programs departments can initiate.
Usually, the Council of Ministers meets every month after the Council of Ministers. But this time the meeting was held independently.
The meetings follow fierce criticism of Prime Minister Modi’s government for handling the deadly second wave of the virus in India and a slow rollout of the vaccine.
The country – which has the second highest number of Covid cases in the world – has seen its health infrastructure fail in the past two months, with major cities running out of oxygen and hospitals overwhelmed with patients.
As the rate of infections has recently slowed, India has lost 363,079 citizens to COVID-19, according to the latest government data.