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Amitabh Kant-led empowered panel begins work on Covid response strategy

The panel will outline strategies to prevent Covid spread depending on how the situation emerges in coming days.

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Last Updated: Mar 31, 2020, 06.15 AM IST
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The idea is to involve all stakeholders to see how they can best help India to contain the spread of Coronavirus infection, a top government official, aware of the deliberations, said.
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NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant-led empowered committee held its first meeting on Monday with representatives from the private sector, NGOs and international organisations like the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme and the Unicef to strategise on the effective response needed for India to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The idea is to involve all stakeholders to see how they can best help India to contain the spread of Coronavirus infection, a top government official, aware of the deliberations, told ET. The empowered committee will hold several such meetings and will progressively outline strategies to prevent its spread depending on how the pandemic pans out in the coming days.

While the NGOs have been roped in to help out vulnerable sections of the population especially vendors, daily-wage earners, gig-economy workers and small businesses at the time of lockdown, the private sector is being taken on board to ensure steady supply of personal protective equipments.

The international organisations is being roped in for support at the global scale, learning from their experiences worldwide. Going forward, if the pandemic assumes massive scale India could even look at financial aid from these institutions.

The empowered committee is one of the 11 committees set up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday under the Disaster Management Act for planning and ensuring quick implementations of decisions taken to check the spread of the fatal coronavirus.
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