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      Shri V. Muraleedharan, Minister of State for External Affairs [MOS(VM)] held an hour long interaction with over 200 members of Indian community based in Ghana today, in virtual mode. The objective was to engage with the Indian community on their welfare and well-being, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

       Representatives of the Indian community in Ghana (India Association Ghana, Ghana Tamil Association, Ghana-India Malayali Association and Indian representatives of local businesses – Olam Ghana and B5 Plus Steel) thanked Government of India for repatriation of stranded Indians through chartered flights, support for visa/ Resident Permit extensions and supply of ‘Made in India’ vaccines under Covax and as a gift to Ghana that have benefited both the Ghanaian nationals and resident Indians including the Indian diaspora in the country. High Commissioner Sugandh Rajaram highlighted the Indian community’s contributions in the development of Ghana and in strengthening India-Ghana relations, and recalled the visit of MOS(VM) to Accra in January 2021 when he inaugurated the Pravasi Bharatiya Day (PBD) celebrations in Accra.

       MOS(VM) stated that the world has been ravaged by the pandemic and India too has been deeply impacted. The Government swung into action soon after the second wave started in India. To meet the increased domestic vaccination demand, the Government enhanced its focus on vaccinating all. So far, over 22 crore vaccine doses have been administered. The Government ensured that poor & vulnerable sections of the society are not suffered due to the movement restrictions imposed by various States to contain the spread of COVID.

       He added that the Prime Minister has personally been monitoring, advising various Departments & State Governments of containment of COVID, providing relief to the poor & ensuring the availability & supply of medical equipment & essential medicines. He has been holding a series of meetings with medical experts, vaccine manufacturers, doctors, Chief Ministers & officials at the District level. The government also facilitated faster imports of key medical devices by relaxing the conditions for clearances, approved 25 new manufacturing sites for Remdesivir production, decided to procure 1 Lakh Portable Oxygen Concentrators from PM CARES fund, and 551 PSA Oxygen Generation Plants across the country through PM CARES. The large-scale production of vaccines for both India and abroad, our own indigenous R&D in the form of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and DRDO’s 2DG, the countless trainloads of oxygen containers networking tirelessly across the country, our intense engagement with foreign countries to ensure timely supplies of medicines and equipment, and our own massive vaccination drive in the country, are testimony to India’s firm resolve to defeat the pandemic.

       MOS(VM) paid tribute to India and its leadership that the fight against the pandemic has been fought hard and is being won. The case load is reducing, number of deaths are decreasing, and the recovery rate is healthy. India is winning this fight convincingly. The Government is sensitive and responsive to the needs of the nation.

        On the economic front, MOS(VM) stated that the Government has taken several measures to ensure that the growth of the economy is accelerated. Recently, Productivity Linked Incentives schemes have been launched in various sectors including Pharma, electronics hardware manufacturing & White Goods (Air Conditioners and LED Lights) to make Indian manufacturers globally competitive and to attract investment. The Government is committed in its efforts to create economies of scale, enhance exports and make India an integral part of the global supply chain in various areas.

       On various welfare measures, MOS(VM) stated that the financial benefit under PM-KISAN has been extended to over 9 Crore farmer families. Recently, an allocation of Rs 26000 crore were made for free food grains to States/ UTs for distribution to beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY-III). He expressed confidence that India’s economy will bounce back very strongly. 

      MOS(VM) expressed his delight to meet with the Indian community in Ghana for the second time in 2021 and remembered his interaction with several of the participants during the visit. He appreciated the active participation of the Indian diaspora in Ghana in building and further strengthening the bridges between the two countries. He emphasized that today’s interaction was to reflect Government’s strong desire to continue to engage with the diaspora closely, to reassure them and to be reassured of their welfare. He also appreciated the initiatives taken by the Indian community in Ghana during the pandemic and community’s desire to connect more and explore avenues on giving back to motherland India. MOS(VM) lauded them especially the Indians and the Indian owned companies for contributing significantly in terms of economic and employment opportunities to the local population in Ghana. He expressed happiness that ‘Made in India’ vaccines have supported vaccination drives including supply of 6,00,000 Covishield doses under Covax and donation of another 50,000 doses to Ghana. He appealed to the members of the community to think ahead and wherever possible, give more support to the economic development of motherland India that could help accelerating India’s journey to become US$5 trillion economy in the near future and meet the rightful expectations of millions of those who now comprise the ‘new’ and ‘aspirational’ India.

          At the end of the interaction, MOS(VM) answered few questions posed by the participants and assured the community to all necessary help and assistance from the Government of India.