Pm Modi Current Affairs - 2020

Extraordinary G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Meet

On March 31, 2020, the “Extraordinary G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Virtual Meet” was held through video conferencing. The Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal represented India at the meet.

Highlights

India had called for easy movement of health professionals and enhanced access to affordable medicines across national borders. Amidst the threat of COVID-19, India is supplying affordable medical products to nearly 190 countries in the world.

India urged the G20 countries to come up with G-20 Global Framework to improve access to medicines. The framework should include diagnostic equipment, critical medicines, health professionals and medical kits.

G-20

A week back a G20 video conference was hosted by Saudi Arabia. As a member of the grouping, India was represented by PM Modi. During the meet, the leaders pledged to infuse 5 trillion USD into the global economy. The idea was to reduce the impact of the global recession in the world due to the increasing threats of COVID-19.

Panel set up by PMO to mitigate COVID-19 and restore normalcy after 21 Days Lock Down

On March 29, 2020 the Prime Minister Office constituted a high-level panel to restore normalcy after 21 days of normalcy. The high-level committee is to suggest measures to improve health-care, reduce miseries and put the economy back on track.

Highlights

The committee is to work under the chairmanship of P K Mishra, principal secretary of the Prime Minister. The committee will have separate task forces. Each group is to have 6 members. In all 20 secretaries and 40 other officials have been employed.

Economic Affairs

The “Economy and Welfare” panel will work under the Economic Affairs Secretary. The panel has been tasked to bring out solutions to the issues caused in formal and informal sectors that are hit hard due to COVID-19. It will also suggest special welfare schemes targeting the poor that has suffered a lot due to the virus

Health

Another working group has been constituted under the leadership of Niti Aayog member V K Paul. The team is to suggest measures to keep the supply of medical equipment, medicines continuous and also ensure hospital availability. It will also work towards increasing the number o trained medical professionals.

They will also focus on research and development.