Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi hits hard at the Centre’s utter failure at unprecedented petrol price hike. 

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VAT rates on petrol in Congress ruled states like AP, Assam, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan & those ruled by UPA allies UP & WB are higher than in Gujarat. 

Even in the past, Shri Modi has taken on UPA for its several anti-people and anti-federal measures. 

On the evening of Wednesday 23rd May 2012, Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi lambasted the Congress-ruled UPA for the steep hike of Rs. 7.50 in petrol prices that was announced yesterday.

Sharing his views on Twitter, Shri Modi Tweeted, “Massive hike in petro prices is a prime example of the failure of Congress-led UPA. This will put a burden of hundreds of crores on Gujarat.” He added, “This decision to hike petrol prices taken a day after the ending of Parliament session is a stinging rebuke to the dignity of Parliament” and that the people would not forgive the Government for the same.

It should also be noted that the VAT rates on Petrol in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, which are Congress ruled States and West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh (UPA allies) is more than Gujarat rates. In Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Kerala and Rajasthan   4% VAT is levied on LPG and Kerosene whereas in Gujarat it is ’NIL’.

This is not the first time Shri Modi has come down heavily on the Centre for its anti-people legislation. He has been at the forefront of opposing the unilateral cotton export ban and has even written letters to the Prime Minister on the same. Recently during his speech at Krishi Mahotsav, the Chief Minister urged the Centre to raise the height of the main dam of the Sardar Sarovar Project, something it has sat on for two generations now.

In addition, he has written letters opposing more anti-people measures be it the Centre’s meat export policy and its promoting of the anti-farmer ‘pink revolution’ or the Centre’s measure to bring duties on non-branded gold jewelry. He has also severely condemned the move to bring TDS on the transfer of immovable property.

Shri Modi has even taken the lead in opposing National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) and changes in the RPF Act, terming them as detrimental to the federal structure of the nation.

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PM reviews status of oxygen availability to ensure adequate supply
April 16, 2021

PM Narendra Modi took a comprehensive review to ensure adequate medical grade oxygen supply in the country. Inputs from ministries like Health, DPIIT, Steel, Road Transport, etc were also shared with the PM. PM stressed that it is important to ensure synergy across ministries & state governments.

PM Modi also took a detailed review of current situation of oxygen supply and projected use in the coming 15 days across 12 high burden states (Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan). An overview of district level situation in these states was presented to the PM.

PM was informed that the Centre and States are in regular contact and estimates for projected demand have been shared with states as on 20th April, 25th April & 30th April. Accordingly, 4,880 MT, 5,619 MT and 6,593 MT have been allocated to these 12 states for meeting their projected demand as on 20th April, 25th April and 30th April, respectively.

PM was briefed about production capacity in the country to meet the rising demand. PM suggested to increase oxygen production as per capacity of each plant. It was discussed that surplus stocks of oxygen supply in steel plants are being offered from medical use.

PM urged officials to ensure seamless and free movement of tankers carrying oxygen throughout the country. The Government has exempted all interstate movement of oxygen tankers from registration of permits to enable easier movement. PM was informed that States and transporters have been asked to ensure tankers move round the clock with drivers working in shifts to ensure faster turnaround and adequate capacity to meet the surge in demand. Cylinder filling plants will also be permitted 24 hour working with necessary safeguards. The Government is allowing Industrial cylinders to be used for medical oxygen after due purging. Similarly nitrogen and argon tankers will be automatically allowed to be converted to oxygen tankers to overcome the potential shortage of tankers.

Officers also briefed the PM about the efforts being made to import medical grade oxygen.