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Decision by UK Government to explore opportunities for closer cooperation between UK and Gujarat hailed

BJP welcomes move of the British Government

Bipartisan support in UK for the step

Labour MP Mr. Barry Gardiner welcomes move

Lord Gulam Noon expresses delight over the decision of the British Government

The decision by the British Government to explore opportunities for closer cooperation between Gujarat and UK has been universally hailed. Members of the House of Lords, an eminent writer as well as Netizens gave their thumbs up to this move by the British Government. The BJP and the Labour Party in UK have also given their stamp of approval to the same.

Shri Modi himself spoke on the issue during his speech at the conclusion of the Vivekananda Yuva Yatra in Pavagadh. Welcoming the move, Shri Modi said that after having little official contact with Gujarat for 10 years, the UK has understood Gujarat’s importance and decided to work with the state. He added that the UK has understood what our own Prime Minister may not have!

 

 

Earlier in the day, Shri Modi welcomed the move by Tweeting minutes after the press statement was announced. He wrote, “Der AayeDurastaAaye!! I welcome UK Government's step for active engagement & strengthening relations with Guj. God is Great.” Shri Modi was flooded with congratulatory messages especially from the Indian diaspora. Thanking them, he Tweeted, “Getting many messages of pride & joy from Indian diaspora, especially Gujaratis in London & all over the world. Thanks for your affection!”

BJP Welcomes Move!

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has welcomed the decision of the British Government. BJP General Secretary Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad said that in a time when the foreign media called the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh ‘underachiever’ this step surely comes as a very positive sign.

Other leaders of the BJP who welcomed the move include BJP Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat Smt. Smriti Irani and BJP Leader Shri Balbir Punj.

Bipartisan Support Across United Kingdom

Both the leading parties of Britain are on the same page in hailing the decision to explore close cooperation with Gujarat. The announcement was made by Mr. Hugo Swire, on behalf of the Conservative Party led Government and the Labour Party has welcomed it.

Mr. Barry Gardiner, Labour MP and Labour Friends of India said in a statement that he supports this move. The statement notes that British companies are doing more business with Gujarat than with all other states of India put together. The statement lauds Shri Narendra Modi for having put delivered unprecedented growth, that has made its economy the envy of rest of India.

Mr. Gardiner shared his own experience of visiting Gujarat in 2009 during which he was extremely impressed with development in the state. His statement read, “I saw for myself the way education and healthcare had been rolled out to the most remote rural villages alongside a programme of rural electrification and road infrastructure which has brought real prosperity to what were previously some of the poorest regions."

On the biennial Vibrant Gujarat summits, the Labour MP said, “At the Biennial Trade Fair: "Vibrant Gujarat" industrialists like Mukesh Ambani, Sunil Mittal and Ratan Tata have lined up to pay tribute to the way that the Chief Minister has cut through corruption and bureaucracy to create a stable and supportive business environment.”Mr. Gardiner himself represents Brent North, a seat with a substantial number of voters of Gujarati origin in the House of Commons.

Member of the House of Lords and an individual who distinguished himself in the food industry, Lord Gulam Noon expressed delight on the British Government’s decision. He said, “I was delighted to learn that the British Government has finally accepted the importance of Gujarat and its Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s dynamic leadership for the State of Gujarat.This is indeed a very important announcement which recognises the huge progress the State of Gujarat has made in the last decade.” He also stated he awaits Mr. Modi’s visit to the UK very soon.

Another Member of the House of Lords and noted academic Lord Bhikhu Parekh viewed it as recognition of the fact that Britain could not hope to trade with India without leaving Gujarat out.

Widespread Support On Social Media

Closer home, renowned author Chetan Bhagat gave his thumbs up to the move of the UK authorities.

Social Media too was abuzz with immense support for the step. Netizens viewed it as an indication of Gujarat’s growing economy, the global acceptance of its development model under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi.

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PM-CARES Fund to procurement 1,50,000 units of Oxycare System at a cost of Rs 322.5 Crore.
Comprehensive system developed by DRDO to regulate oxygen being administrated to patients based on the sensed values of their SpO2 levels.
DRDO has transferred the technology to multiple industries in India who will be producing the Oxycare Systems for use all across India.
Oxycare system reduces the work load and exposure of healthcare providers by eliminating the need of routine measurement and manual adjustments of Oxygen flow

PM-CARES Fund has accorded sanction for procurement of 1,50,000 units of Oxycare System at a cost of Rs 322.5 Crore. It is a comprehensive system developed by DRDO to regulate oxygen being administrated to patients based on the sensed values of their SpO2 levels.

The system has been developed in two Configurations. The basic version consists of a 10 litre Oxygen cylinder, a Pressure Regulator cum Flow Controller, a Humidifier and a Nasal Cannula. The Oxygen flow is regulated manually based on the SpO2 readings. The intelligent configuration includes a system for automatic regulation of Oxygen through a Low Pressure Regulator, Electronic Control System and an SpO2 Probe in addition to the basic version.

SpO2 Based Oxygen Control System optimises consumption of oxygen based on the SpO2 level of the patient and effectively increases the endurance of portable Oxygen cylinder. The threshold SpO2 value for initiating flow from the system can be adjusted by the health staff and the SpO2 levels are continuously monitored and displayed by the system. It reduces the work load and exposure of healthcare providers by eliminating the need of routine measurement and manual adjustments of Oxygen flow, thereby facilitating tele-consultation also. The automatic system also provides suitable audio warning for various failure scenarios including low SpO2 values and probe disconnections. These Oxycare systems can be used at Homes, Quarantine Centres, COVID Care Centres and Hospitals.

In addition, Non-Rebreather Masks (NRM) are integrated with the Oxycare Systems for efficient use of oxygen which results in saving of Oxygen by 30-40%.

DRDO has transferred the technology to multiple industries in India who will be producing the Oxycare Systems for use all across India.

The current medical protocol recommends oxygen therapy for all severe and critical Covid-19 patients. Given the current status of oxygen generation, transport and storage, oxygen cylinders have proved to be effective. Considering the present COVID pandemic situation with large number of individuals requiring oxygen therapy, sourcing only one type of system may not be practical, as all the manufacturing plants making the basic building blocks of the system are already running at their maximum capacity.  A mix and match of the system would prove to be a useful arrangement in the given situation. While the capacity of existing domestic manufacturers of carbon-manganese steel cylinders is very limited, as an alternative, DRDO has suggested light material portable cylinders which can easily act as substitutes for normal oxygen cylinders.