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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today said Lord Buddha's timeless message of love and compassion could help rid the world of the problems of war and violence. "Agar yuddh se mukti chaahiye, to Buddh ki raah par milegi," the Prime Minister said.

PM Modi at International Buddha Poornima Diwas Celebration (12)

In his remarks at the International Buddh Poornima Diwas Celebration in New Delhi today, the Prime Minister said that the whole world had acknowledged that the 21st century would be Asia's century, and added that Buddha's teachings would be the inspiration and guiding spirit for Asia, as it showed the world the path to relief from problems of conflict and hatred.

PM Modi at International Buddha Poornima Diwas Celebration (17)

The Prime Minister said that the gathering today, is conscious of the suffering that the recent earthquake has caused in Nepal – the land of Buddha's birth. But he added that this is also an opportunity for everyone to follow Lord Buddha's message of "karuna" (compassion), and to wipe the tears of those suffering in Nepal.

PM Modi at International Buddha Poornima Diwas Celebration (14)

The Prime Minister said that Lord Buddha was conscious towards both individual emancipation and social reform. He said that the importance given to the "Sangh" highlights how Lord Buddha sensed the importance of uniting people towards a noble cause. He said Lord Buddha's teaching of "Atta Deepo Bhavah" – "Be your own light" – was one of the greatest management lessons ever, contained in just three words.

PM Modi at International Buddha Poornima Diwas Celebration (19)

The Prime Minister recalled his visits to Buddhist temples recently in Japan and Sri Lanka, and also in China when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat. He said that the profound spiritual consciousness that pervaded these temples, must be forged into a powerful force for good in the world. He said some people called Buddha "the light of the east," and added that in his opinion, this was an underestimation, and Buddha was in fact a source of inspiration for the entire universe.

PM Modi at International Buddha Poornima Diwas Celebration (22)

The Union Minister of State (I/C) for Culture Shri Mahesh Sharma, the Union Minister of State for Home, Shri Kiren Rijiju, and the Ven. Lama Lobzang, Secretary General, International Buddhist Confederation, were present on the occasion.

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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.