External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday assured the apprehensive diaspora in Kuwait that the second wave of COVID-19 was receding in India and the federal government “really moved mountains” to comprise the pandemic.
Mr Jaishankar, who arrived on his first bilateral go to to the oil-rich Gulf nation early on Thursday, addressed the Indian group on the conclusion of his conferences within the nation.
“The second wave of the COVID-19 has started to recede. The daily number of new infections is less than what it was in early May. The positivity rate has also come down dramatically,” he mentioned.
“A large part of it has been made possible by very very vigorous government response to the second wave. The kind of effort and energy that I saw, the long hours that people put in. People really moved mountains to respond to what was an unprecedented situation,” he mentioned.
The minister mentioned the federal government ran lots of of oxygen trains to ferry oxygen from the manufacturing centres to the most important cities.
“All our planes were mobilised, including the Air Force planes for the oxygen cylinder tanks to be moved, both within the country and from abroad to India,” Mr Jaishankar mentioned.
“We procured medicines which were essential for COVID treatment. Many of them came from abroad. We also ensured the domestic production of the medicines was enhanced,” he mentioned.
On the vaccination programme, the minister acknowledged that it was a “big issue” and three million individuals have been being vaccinated every day and its tempo will decide up within the coming days.
“As the production of the vaccines scales up, as the year progresses, we will be able to vaccinate all our people,” he mentioned.
Mr Jaishankar mentioned the financial system has began to make a robust restoration, asserting that there’s a sense that the financial impression of the second wave can be lower than what occurred within the final 12 months.
“The belief we have is that India will pick up. India will recover rapidly, a lot of what we have seen in the past – the steady rise of India and its economy and influence in the world – and that will continue,” he mentioned.
Mr Jaishankar lauded the contributions of the Indian group, saying it in some ways defines India overseas.
“The contribution you make, the respect you earn, the support that you provide and the bridge you constitute is what makes India”s interaction with the world unique… Keep the Indian flag flying high here in Kuwait,” he mentioned.
Earlier, Mr Jaishankar held a gathering with India’s envoys to the Gulf nations to debate a bunch of points, together with encouraging speedy resumption of flights to this area and facilitating reuniting households separated by Covid disruption.
He mentioned the Indian missions within the essential Gulf area have been advised to do no matter they may to assist the Indian group through the pandemic.
He mentioned the federal government hooked up excessive significance to the area not solely as a result of it was one of many important sources of oil and gasoline for the nation but in addition as a result of presence of a lot of Indian nationals residing in nations within the area.
Mr Jaishankar mentioned he held “productive discussions” together with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah on Thursday throughout which the 2 sides mentioned a spread of points together with well being, meals, training, vitality, digital and enterprise cooperation.
During the go to, India and Kuwait additionally signed an MoU that brings Indian home employees within the Gulf nation throughout the ambit of a authorized framework that streamlines their recruitment and supplies them with the safety of the legislation.
The MoU brings the Indian home employees in Kuwait throughout the ambit of a authorized framework that streamlines their recruitment and supplies them with the safety of the legislation.
Around a million (ten lakh) Indians reside in Kuwait.