National

Encourage civil society groups, private sectors to team with government to fight coronavirus: Venkaiah Naidu

President Ram Nath Kovind along with Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, interacts with the Governors, Lt. Governors and administrators of all the States and Union Territories via video- conferencing.

President Ram Nath Kovind along with Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, interacts with the Governors, Lt. Governors and administrators of all the States and Union Territories via video- conferencing.   | Photo Credit: PTI

The Governors of Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Telangana, Punjab, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh, the Lt. Governor of Delhi and the administrator of Chandigarh, and others participated in the video-conference.

Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday urged Governors and Lieutenant Governors to enhance awareness among people and encourage civil society organisations and the private sectors to partner with the government in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).

India coronavirus lockdown, day 3 live updates | State Helpline numbers

Interacting with the Governors and LGs during a video conference by President Ram Nath Kovind, he observed that as first citizens of their respective States, they were in a unique position to play a very creative role in this moment of national crisis by motivating and guiding their respective States and UTs.

“Your leadership is crucial and your guidance, facilitation and motivating ability can be most valuable,” he said.

Interactive map of confirmed coronavirus cases in India | U.S. tops world in COVID-19 cases, overtaking China and Italy

According to an official statement, Mr. Naidu wanted the Governors and LGs to motivate new partners such as universities, Kendriya Vidyalayas, other educational institutions and religious bodies to contribute to this urgent cause by freeing up spaces to allocate spots for isolation wards for COVID-19 patients.

As Chancellors of various universities, Mr. Naidu wanted them to explore the possibility of conducting online classes to complete the curriculum and ensure that academic schedule was not disturbed.

News Analysis | COVID-19 an opportunity for India’s health diplomacy

He appealed to private hospitals to earmark some beds for COVID-19 patients and urged civil society organisations, including the Red Cross, to take up humanitarian assistance activities for the poor, elderly and sick members of the country.

Mr. Naidu asked the Governors and LGs to involve religious and spiritual leaders, film and sports celebrities as also well-known public figures to promote awareness to combat COVID-19.

He also urged the private sectors which have infrastructure and resources to play a more proactive role in supplementing efforts of government and mitigate the hardship faced by people.

The Governors of Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Telangana, Punjab, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh, the Lt. Governor of Delhi and the administrator of Chandigarh, and others participated in the video-conference.

A letter from the Editor


Dear reader,

We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times. To enable wide dissemination of news that is in public interest, we have increased the number of articles that can be read free, and extended free trial periods. However, we have a request for those who can afford to subscribe: please do. As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. We promise to deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda.

Support Quality Journalism
Related Topics
Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Jun 2, 2020 6:25:38 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/encourage-civil-society-groups-private-sectors-to-team-with-government-to-fight-coronavirus-venkaiah-naidu/article31183171.ece

Next Story