Guj gets full-fledged 36 MHz Q-band transponder on Indian Space Communication Satellite

The transponder will enable state to transmit educational programs in 12 sectors at a time

In what can be considered as a milestone success the state of Gujarat has received a full-fledged transponder of 36 MHz Q-band on Indian Space Communication Satellite. Speaking on this state government spokespersons Ministers Jay Narayan Vyas and Saurabh Patel said that the transponder was allotted to Gujarat by the Central government after persistence representations by Chief Minister Narendra Modi. The transponder will enable the state in implementing long distance education system across the 12 sectors at a time.

Mr. Modi made a written representation to the Prime Minister asking him to allot this transponder to Gujarat. The Chief Minister, in his letter, underlined the facts that Gujarat is the only state in the country to have in place a state-wide network of in formation communication technology which covers all its 18,000 villages, 225 talukas and 26 districts. The state has already fully developed the capacity for the long distance education. And so, the state is in a position to receive a full-fledged transponder.

Spokespersons said that Gujarat will use the transponder in bringing about a qualitative change in the primary education. The state will use the transponder in delivering education programmes to the schools, colleges, universities and for imparting the medical education, technical education and skill development knowledge. Besides, the educational programmes for farmers would be transmitted to the interior villages of the state.

Spokespersons said that Gujarat h as already successfully functionalized EDUSAT project through BISAG (Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics) for long distance education. Gujarat government has the world’s largest information technology network GSWAN (Gujarat State Wide Area Network) with 34,000 offices nodes. Every panchayat in Gujarat is equipped with broadband connectivity. Video conferencing is already in use in Gujarat in the field of education. Gujarat is also at the forefront in using long distance learning system and in imparting the computer knowledge. The transponder will prove benchmark in raising the quality of education as it will enable the transmission of various programmes at a time in 12 sectors.

Spokespersons said the transponder is being developed under the observation of ISRO director R R Navalgund and his scientists. Additional Chief Secretary to Gujarat’s Science and Technology department, Mr. Ravi Saxena, BISAG director T P Singh, Mr. Navalgund and his scientists Mr. Kiran Kumar and Mr. Dave met the Chief Minister today and handed over a letter of approval for the transponder.

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PM holds a high level meeting on oxygen supply and availability
April 22, 2021

PM Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the oxygen supply across the country and discuss ways and means to boost its availability. The officials briefed him on the efforts undertaken in the last few weeks to improve the supply of oxygen.

PM spoke about the need to work rapidly on multiple aspects: increasing production of oxygen, increasing the speed of distribution & using innovative ways to provide oxygen support to health facilities.

PM was informed that an elaborate exercise is being done in co-ordination with the states to identify their demand for oxygen and ensure adequate supply accordingly. PM was briefed on how oxygen supply to states is steadily increasing. Against the present demand from 20 states of 6,785 MT/ day of Liquid Medical Oxygen, Government of India has from 21st April, allocated 6,822 MT/ day to these states.

It was noted that in the last few days, availability of Liquid Medical Oxygen has been increased by about 3,300 MT/ day with contributions from private and public steel plants, industries, oxygen manufacturers as well as through prohibition of supply of oxygen for non-essential industries.

Officers informed the PM that they are working together with the states to operationalize the sanctioned PSA oxygen plants as soon as possible.

PM directed the officials to ensure that oxygen supply to various states happen in a smooth, unhindered manner. He spoke about the need to fix responsibility with the local administration in cases of obstruction. He also asked ministries to explore various innovative ways to increase production & supply of oxygen.

Various measures are being undertaken to rapidly increase the availability of cyrogenic tankers through conversion of nitrogen and argon tankers, import and airlifting of tankers as well as manufacturing them.

PM stressed on the need to ensure faster transportation of oxygen to the states. It was discussed that Railways is 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.

Representatives from the medical community also spoke about the need for judicious use of oxygen and how an audit in some states has decreased oxygen demand without affecting the condition of patients.

PM also stressed that the states should come down heavily on hoarding.

The meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to PM, Home Secretary, Health Secretary & Officials from Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Minstry of Road Transport, Pharmaceuticals, NiTi Aayog.