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Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi took strong exception on Home Minister P. Chidambaram’s remark on “Saffron Terrorism” and has categorical asked Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to apologize for the same. Coming down heavily on Centre for insulting Indian culture, Shri Modi said, Delhi dynasty was all set to defame thousand years great culture of India, in which saffron color was symbol of holiness and sacrifice.

Addressing a mammoth gathering at Garib Kalyan Mela(GKM) at Vadodara, Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi noted it with pride that as many as 350 Garib Kalyan Mela has disbursed the benefits worth Rs. 4500 Cr among 45 lac poor beneficiaries. By placing the tools of development into the hands of the poor present government has opened up fresh avenues of development for the poor.

Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi claimed that the Garib Kalyan Yatra has shown the path to the nation. It has not only influenced the Delhi but the entire country, which has compelled them to take concrete welfare initiatives for the betterment of the poor. Earlier Shri Modiji dedicated 175 mtrs long Skywalk (Foot Over Bridge), connecting Vadodara Railway station with City bus station constructed at the cost of Rs 2 Cr, aiming to facilitate citizens reach their destination either side without facing the rigors of heavy regular traffic.

As part of the chain of GKM, which is being organized across the state, Chief Minister and other dignitaries distributed welfare assistance worth over Rs 25 Cr to the needy urban poor of the city. As many as 915 beneficiaries were given away residential plots and housing units worth Rs. 22.51 Cr under various housing schemes to help homeless people. He laid foundation stone for Rs. 7.7 Cr Water Supply scheme.

Chief Minister attacked the fifth-row-brigade who cannot digest Gujarat’s strides and milestone achievements. Unfazed by the destructive activities and motives of such elements, Gujarat has continued its journey of development by preserving peace and harmony. He alleged that Congress Party has become the stenographer of C.B.I. The central government lacks the strength and capacity to compete Gujarat on development front.

Gujarat has emerged as No-1 state by generating maximum number of employment-options in the entire nation. Out of every hundred employment options generated in the country, Gujarat has its share of 72 % - rest 28 % is contributed by other states.

Chief Minister equated the 350 GKM with Gujarat’s Golden Jubilee Year, never before such an initiative has been taken; the 350 GKM has disbursed welfare assistance to the tune of Rs. 4500 Cr.

Prominent among those who were present includes Urban Development Minister Shri Nitin Patel, Panchayat Minister Shri Narottam Patel, M.P and Mayor Shri Balkrishna Shukla and eminent leaders.

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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.