Prime Minister Modi chairs a high-level meeting amid the oxygen crisis and calls on officials to increase production

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a summit on Thursday to review the country’s oxygen supply and discuss ways to increase its availability as Covid-19’s second deadliest wave swept across the country.

Prime Minister Modi called for the use of innovative ways to provide oxygen support to medical institutions. “States should go down heavily on oxygen hoarding,” the prime minister said at today’s review meeting on oxygen supply and availability.

Prime Minister Modi also directed officials to provide oxygen to states in a smooth and unhindered manner. “Fix the responsibility with the local administration in case of obstruction,” Prime Minister Modi said.

Officials briefed Prime Minister Modi on efforts over the past few weeks to improve oxygen supplies, the news agency reported. YEARS said the Prime Minister’s Office.

“The prime minister spoke about the need to work quickly on several issues: increasing oxygen production, increasing the speed of distribution and using innovative ways to provide oxygen support to health facilities,” he added.

During the meeting, which also discussed ways and means to increase the availability of oxygen amid demands from many states for an increase in its supply, Prime Minister Modi was told that the supply of life-saving gas to states has been steadily increasing.

“The Prime Minister was informed that the exercise is being conducted in coordination with the states to identify their O2 demand and ensure an adequate supply. Against the current demand in 20 states of 6,785 MT / day of liquid medical oxygen, GoI, of 21 April, allocated 6,822 MT / day in these states, “the PMO added.

“The availability of liquid medical oxygen has increased”

“It has been observed that in recent days, the availability of liquid medical oxygen has increased by 3,300 MT / day, with contributions from private and public steel mills, industries, oxygen producers, and by banning the supply of O2 for non-essential industries.” added PMO.

“Officers have informed the Prime Minister that they are working with states to operationalize sanctioned PSA oxygen installations as soon as possible. The Prime Minister urged officials to ensure that states supply O2 in a smooth manner. , without obstacles, “he said.

The statement states that the railways are used for the rapid and non-stop transport of long-distance tanks. The first rake arrived from Mumbai to Vizag to carry 105 MT of liquid medical oxygen. Similarly, empty oxygen tanks are also lifted with air to the oxygen suppliers to reduce one-way travel time in the oxygen supply.

The prime minister was informed that an exercise is being carried out in coordination with the states to find their oxygen demand and to ensure an adequate supply accordingly, the statement said.

Representatives of the medical community also spoke about the need for judicious use of oxygen and how an audit in some states has reduced the demand for oxygen without affecting the condition of patients.

The meeting was attended by the Cabinet Secretary, the Prime Minister’s Chief Secretary, the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Health and officials from the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Road Transport, Pharmaceuticals and NITI Aayog.

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