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Govt efforts, media role check swine flu spread: Soni

delhi Updated: Aug 29, 2009 17:43 IST

The spread of swine flu pandemic has been contained to a large extent, thanks to the efforts of the government and the crucial role played by TV channels in educating people about the deadly disease, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said on Saturday.

"The Government has been successful in providing information to people on swine flu. Even television channels have played a major role in educating people by inviting doctors and experts in their studios every day to provide information about the deadly virus," she said.

Soni was speaking to reporters after inaugurating a two-day film festival in New Delhi of short documentaries by well known photographer and art historian Benoy K Behl.

The Minister said the government has taken concrete steps to implement major schemes during its first 100 days in office.

"The government has taken concrete steps on all the flagship schemes introduced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who is himself monitoring their implementation," she said.

Seeking greater cooperation from states, Soni said they should make extra efforts to provide benefits of various central schemes to people.

Referring to drought situation due to insufficient rainfall, she said the government is making efforts to offset the losses through several remedial measures.