Region:
India
Category:
Society

PM Modi chairs high-level meeting on oxygen supply, directs officials to increase production

  • PM Modi chairs high-level meeting on oxygen supply, directs officials to increase production
    In view of an acute shortage of medical-grade oxygen in several parts of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday directed officials to ensure a smooth and unhindered supply of oxygen to the states. PM Modi chairs high-level meeting on oxygen supply, directs officials to increase production
Region:
India
Category:
Society
Publication date:
Print article

In view of an acute shortage of medical-grade oxygen in several parts of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday directed officials to ensure a smooth and unhindered supply of oxygen to the states.

PM Modi on Thursday chaired a high-level meeting to review production and supply of medical grade oxygen across the country.

In view of an acute shortage of medical-grade oxygen in several parts of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday directed officials to ensure a smooth and unhindered supply of oxygen to the states.

While chairing a high-level meeting on oxygen supply and availability, PM Modi asked the officials to take urgent steps to increase production, speed up distribution and use innovative methods to provide oxygen support to health facilities.

Several parts of India are currently reeling from a shortage in the supply of oxygen due to increased demand during the Covid-19 pandemic. Parts of Delhi, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh have rerecorded complaints from hospitals struggling with critically low reserves of liquid oxygen.

The matter has also been taken up by several high courts as well as the Supreme Court, which has issued the Center a notice to submit its national plan for Covid preparedness by Friday.

Chairing the meeting on the urgent matter, PM Modi asked the officials to ensure that oxygen supply to various states happens in a smooth, unhindered manner. He spoke about the need to fix responsibility with the local administration in cases of obstruction.

The prime minister also asked ministries to explore various innovative ways to increase the production and supply of oxygen.

PM Modi stressed on the need to ensure faster transportation of oxygen to the states. The PM was informed that Railways was being used for rapid and non-stop long-distance transport of tankers. “First rake has reached from Mumbai to Vizag to transport 105 MT of LMO. Similarly, empty oxygen tankers are also being air-lifted to oxygen suppliers to reduce one-way journey time in oxygen supply, ”the PM was told during the meeting, a government statement said.

During the meeting, the prime minister also asked the states to act strictly against hoarders.

The meeting was attended by the cabinet secretary, principal secretary to PM, home secretary, health secretary and officials from the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Ministry of Road Transport, Pharmaceuticals, and Niti Aayog.

The officials informed the prime minister that an elaborate exercise is being done in co-ordination with the states to identify their demand for oxygen and ensure adequate supply accordingly.