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2 May, 4 tweets, 2 min read
Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually meets experts to review oxygen and medicine availability. He reviewed the human resource situation, in relation to the #COVID19 pandemic, and ways to augment it.
PM reviewed matter of augmenting human resources for effective mgmt of #COVID19 in the country today. In the meeting, many steps to incentivize students & pass-outs of medical & nursing courses to join Covid duty were taken, details to come out tomorrow: Govt of India Sources
Decisions may include delaying NEET and incentivizing MBBS pass-outs studying for it to join Covid duty. The decisions may also include utilizing services of final year MBBS & nursing students in Covid Duty: Govt of India Sources
Those medical personnel doing Covid duty will be given preference in Government recruitment as well as a financial incentive: Government of India Sources

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