PM interacts with SAARC leaders to combat COVID-19 in the region

  Jun 20, 2020

PM interacts with SAARC leaders to combat COVID-19 in the region

What are various mechanisms proposed by PM to SAARC countries to deal with COVID-19?

  1. In the spirit of collaboration, the PM proposed creation of a COVID-19 Emergency Fund based on voluntary contributions from all the countries, with India making an initial offer of US $10 million for the fund. 
  2. The fund can be used by any of the partner countries to meet the cost of immediate actions.
  3. India is assembling a Rapid Response Team of doctors and specialists, along with testing kits and other equipment, which will be on stand-by, to be placed at the disposal of the countries.
  4. Prime Minister also offered to arrange for online training capsules for the emergency response teams of the neighbouring countries and sharing of software behind India’s Integrated Disease Surveillance Portal to help trace possible virus carriers and the people they contacted. 
  5. He suggested that existing mechanisms like  SAARC Disaster Management Centre can be used to pool in best practices.
  6. He also suggested the creation of a common Research Platform to coordinate research on controlling epidemic diseases within the South Asian region. 
  7. He suggested further brainstorming by experts on the long-term economic consequences of COVID-19, and how best to insulate internal trade and local value chains from its impact.

PM Shared Experience of India in dealing with COVID-19

  1. He laid down the proactive steps taken, including a graded response mechanism, screening those entering the country, public awareness campaigns on TV, print and social media, special efforts to reach out to the vulnerable groups, ramping up of diagnostic facilities and developing protocols for each stage of managing the pandemic.
  2. He said that India has not only successfully evacuated almost 1400 Indians from different countries but also evacuated some of the citizens of the neighbouring countries in accordance with the ‘Neighbourhood first policy’.