Narendra Modi: “Criticism against the ruling party is a necessary aspect of democracy but excessive allegations is no way an aspect of a healthy democracy”

“Media should become partner in the development of the nation”

“News traders have vested interests and they are a threat to society and entire publishing world”

Launching a Gujarati daily ‘Gujarat Guardian’, which is being published from Surat , Chief Minister Narendra Modi today said that people are keen to check for positive stories in their newspapers but amid the atmosphere of various kinds of negativities and uproars, newspapers really need courage to focus on positive news.

Criticism against the ruling party is a necessary aspect of democracy. But true criticism is not found nowadays; instead what we see is excessive allegations. Even the great and mighty rulers need to lay their arms before the power of well-studied criticism, Mr. Modi said.

Newspapers need to be created and not produced. There is no lacking of information in today’s information age. And the information is well available too due to advancement of technology. There is a great competition among media and only those publications would be able to carve their place in the market which will provide right kind of news and information to the public, he said.

Chief Minister made mention of former President A P J Abdul Kalam’s statement in which he appealed media to become partner in the development of the nation. He said that news stories should create a positive atmosphere. Journalists work hard to find negative stories which further create a vicious cycle and in turn the society and people becomes victim of it.

News and editors’ personal views are two different things and so they must not be mixed up. News are about plain facts while the editors’ have full liberty to express their views in editorial section, he said.

Even Mahatma Gandhi used to publish a newspaper and the Britishers had to plan their strategy based on thoughts published in his newspaper. Vir Narmad of Suart also used to publish ‘Dandiyo’ which became instrumental in social upliftment. Subsequent to this glorious tradition was an impressive figure in journalism Amrutlal Sheth. These people served the society in real sense through their journalism, said Chief Minister.

News traders have their vested interests and they are a threat to society and entire publishing world, he said.

Extending well wishes to ‘Gujarat Guardian’ Chief Minister said that a healthy growth of newspapers is necessary for social cleaning. A good newspaper should have both soft and hard qualities in it. With soft part it should become instrumental for social welfare while with the hard part it should go for cleaning the ill elements of society.

Mr. Manoj Mistri, Managing Director of the newspaper said that knowledge, truth and justice are the objectives of his publication.

Ministers Narottam Patel, Mangubhai Patel, Dilip Sanghani, Ranjit Gilitwala, MPs C R Patil, Darshanaben Jardosh, Bhartsinh Parmar, Mayor Rajendra Desai and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

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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.