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Gujarat Chief minister Narendra Modi charged the Congress Party with playing vote bank politics over the issue of hanging the parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and took a dig at the UPA government for its stand on Italian Business Ottavio Quattarochi. He also added that Gujarat and Punjab have blood relation.

Addressing the NDA rally here, Modi ridiculed the Congress – led regime saying “In Congress rule one has to be queue for everything right from getting ration, essential commodities, and employment”

In fact Congress has become so used to queues, that it says even Afzal Guru’s file is in queue. “Have you ever heard that somebody has to be in queue even for capital punishment?”

Countering Rahul Gandhi, who had made overtures to woo Sikhs during his rally on Saturday, Modi asked why the Congress Government, which had taken fifteen minutes to decide on the death sentence of a youth of the community who was convicted for killing the Army Chief General Vaidya in the 1980s, has delayed the hanging of Afzal Guru.

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