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Our mantra is Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas but SP, BSP & Congress believes in Kuch Ka Sath, Kuch Ka Hi Vikas: PM
When Eastern part of India scales new heights of development, then only overall progress of the country would happen: PM
Central Government would continue to undertake measures that would fight corruption: PM
Every Indian should have his or her own home by 2022: PM

PM Narendra Modi campaigned in Varanasi today. Addressing a huge gathering, Shri Narendra Modi thanked them for the affection people of the state have ushered. Quoting Mark Twain, Shri Modi said that Banaras was older than history and tradition.

The Prime Minister said BJP’s aim was of a Banaras that was modern yet one that retained its heritage. He added further, “Our mantra is Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas but SP, BSP & Congress believes in Kuch Ka Sath, Kuch Ka Hi Vikas.”

Shri Modi said that eastern part of India has to scale new heights of development and then only overall progress of the country would happen. He remarked, “This land of Uttar Pradesh, this part of the state is blessed with very talented people. The potential for development is immense.”

Citing that Uttar Pradesh had been gripped in corruption, the Prime Minister opined, “Shouldn't corruption come to an end? It’s been so many years since we attained freedom but a small section misused their power and position.” He said that the Central Government would continue to undertake measures that would fight corruption. He also said that the Government would ensure that rights of the honest citizens are protected.

Shri Modi further stated, “Earlier the question being asked would be- how much money was lost (in the scams), now the question is- how much money has returned back.”

Shri Modi complemented the armed forces for the successful surgical strikes across the LoC. He said, “We are proud of our jawans. They have made the entire nation proud. It is sad that driven by politics, some people wanted proof of surgical strikes and were asking did any Indian soldier die.” He also spoke at length about OROP and how previous government neglected the difficulties of the ex-servicemen.

PM Modi stressed on infrastructure development in Kashi and said, “We wanted to build a ring road but the state government did not cooperate and kept obstructing that. They did not cooperate.”

The PM also shed light on Government’s aim of housing for all by 2022. “Every Indian should have his or her own home by 2022. It is sad that so many years after independence also people do not have homes. We have undertaken measures so that everyone have their homes.”

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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.