The Prime Minister also laid stress on increasing tracking, tracing and testing

The government is committed to ensuring adequate availability of Covid-19 vaccines, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday.

Noting the positive impact of Tika Utsav (Vaccination Festival) in the last four days, he said that in this period, the Covid-19 vaccination drive was expanded and new vaccination centres also came up.

The Prime Minister was interacting with Governors and Lieutenant Governors of all States and Union Territories regarding the Covid-19 situation and ongoing vaccination drive in the country, through video conferencing.

During the interaction, Prime Minister Modi highlighted that India had become the fastest nation to reach the landmark of 10 crore vaccinations.

At the same time, he also emphasized the significance of increasing tracking, tracing and testing and said that RT-PCR testing needs to be increased from 60% to 70%.

Praising the citizens who participated in this battle against the Covid-19 pandemic last year, he said that the same feeling of Janbhagidari needs to be encouraged now as well.

The Prime Minister also suggested that the Governors could actively engage to ensure that social institutions collaborated seamlessly with the State Governments towards micro containment.

He said that their social network could help ensure an increase in the capacity of ambulances, ventilators and oxygen in hospitals. They could also spread the message about vaccination and treatment, he added.

Noted that the country's youth workforce was an important part of the economy, he said it was important to ensure that they followed all Covid-19 related protocols and precautions.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan also attended the interaction.