India Inc has urged the Govt. to deploy the armed forces & central security forces to manage the logistics, infrastructure & personnel necessary to address the rising wave of COVID-19 cases, warning that the requirement for hospital beds, oxygen & medicines will continue to rise.
"At this critical juncture when toll of lives is rising, @FollowCII urges the strongest national steps including curtailing economic activity to reduce suffering," CII president Uday Kotak said, in what are the 1st remarks by an industry lobby in favour of a stringent lockdown.
Calling for the highest level response measures to the current crisis, Mr Kotak said, “Given the current pandemic situation, safeguarding lives is of utmost priority and nationwide maximal response measure at the highest level is called for to cut the transmission links...
The healthcare infrastructure and supply build-up are being undertaken on emergency basis by the governments at the centre and states, but will take time.”
Stressing that medical personnel are already overstretched and will be under further pressure without remedial measures...
the CII chief said it may not be possible 2 manage escalating caseloads with the present medical talent. “We must heed expert advice on this subject from India & abroad. Highest response measures R needed 2 break the chain of contagion & use the time to rapidly build up capacity"
“Medical equipment for these facilities can be sourced from across the country through Indian Air Force flights or army trucks… Create a central asset mapping control team for monitoring supply of various essential critical care Items as well as predicting possible shortages"
Calling for a rethink on the vaccination policy, @FollowCII said vaccination supplies must be distributed to States according to well-defined criteria. Population size, exposure and vulnerability can be mapped to supply specific required quantities to the States.
India Inc also underlined an urgent need to scale up testing in urban & rural parts. “The requirements for testing kits can be met through imports or ramping up domestic manufacturing, including Rapid Antigen Self Testing Kits for use at home," @udaykotak
#NRIs working abroad as doctors and nurses can be encouraged to come back for a national cause for a brief period,” Mr Kotak said, urging overseas Indians to come back & help the country in its time of need. @FollowCII

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Dear Finance Minister, cc: @PMOIndia
In the midst of an unprecedented calamity, you have dropped #GST on imports of #COVID-19 vaccines & other items such as medical oxygen

But you added some problematic caveats to restrict such imports

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