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Narendra Modi asks prant officers to take leadership at the taluka level as part of Gujarat Government’s policy of decentralization of administration

Ahmedabad, Saturday: Chief Minister Narendra Modi today called upon the Prant Officers to take the lead in providing able and efficient governance from the taluka level itself as part of the government’s policy of decentralization of administration.

Just as Gujarat has developed by itself over the last ten years, overcoming various crises and maintaining peace without any guidelines from the Centre, he said that each taluka has the capacity to develop by itself and it is in the same spirit that the government has reposed confidence on the taluka-level administration under innovative ‘Aapnu Taluko Vibrant Taluko’ (ATVT) programme.

Mr. Modi was inaugurating a two-day state-level workshop of 112 prant officers from 225 talukas in the state being organized by the State Revenue Department at Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration (SPIPA).

It being the golden jubilee year of panchayati raj in Gujarat, he said, it is a great opportunity for each taluka to generate its own financial resources, manage spending, coordinate and implement various government programmes and projects.

Mr. Modi said that one secret about Gujarat’s success is minimum political interference but extending positive assistance when needed. He exuded confidence that empowerment of taluka would lead to a healthy competition among the talukas for their all round development, setting a benchmark of development at the taluka level as well.

The Chief Minister on the occasion released the ATVT Manual and e-Dhara Manual.

Speaking on the occasion, Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel said that the Chief Minister’s call for ‘sauna sath, sauna vikas’ for ‘inclusive growth through collective efforts’ has lent a new lease of life to the department. She said that ATVT programme would also help the government reach the last man in the last mile more effectively.

Prominent among those present at the inaugural session included Chief Secretary A.K. Joti, Principal Revenue Secretary C.L. Meena, Principal Panchayat Secretary R.M. Patel, SPIPA Director-General Arvind Agrawal and Secretary Sutaria.

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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.