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Narendra Modi was back in office in Gandhinagar after successfully completing his whirlwind campaign. Talking to media persons briefly before stepping in his office Narendra Modi said, “I was in Himachal Pradesh yesterday and today I am back at office. From Badrinath to Kanyakumari and Kutch to Kamrup, I addressed more than 325 rallies. I saw rain at some places, felt cold at some other places; I experienced scorching sun somewhere and strong wind also at some places. I could not attend three rallies due to bad weather in which my plane could not fly.”

On over 300 hours of flying all across the country, Modi said, “Earlier elections did not span over so many phases and days. And, all politicians didn't have access to aircraft and other means of communication. I tried and made the most of the opportunity that came my way”.

The chief minister gave 40 interviews, blogged, and received the media attention. Due to his humorous yet razor-sharp speeches he was in the limelight. His speeches captivated the audience all across the nation. Modi said, “Earlier, elections did not span over so many phases and days. And, all politicians didn't have access to aircraft and other means of communication. I tried and made the most of the opportunity that came my way”. He said it was “sheer perspiration” in the end and he hoped that the voters could see it that way. He mentioned with utmost faith that BJP and NDA will form the government in Delhi.

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