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Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a visit to Seychelles from March 10 to March 11, 2015. This was a historic visit as Shri Narendra Modi became the first Indian Prime Minster to visit Seychelles in 33 long years!

In a series of tweets prior beginning his visit, the Prime Minister had written that India attached paramount importance to strengthening relations with the region. He said India's relationship with Seychelles was a very special one built on the foundation of mutual trust and shared values.

Shri Narendra Modi arrived at Seychelles airport in the evening of March 10th and was given a grand welcome. The President of Seychelles, Mr. James Michel himself was present to receive the Prime Minister. Seeing a huge gathering of the Indian Community eagerly waiting to catch a glimpse of Shri Modi at the airport, he took to twitter and shared the wonderful moment.

On the morning of March 11th, Shri Narendra Modi was given a Ceremonial Reception after which he visited the State House and signed the Visitors Book. He wrote that India not only considers Seychelles as a neighbour but as a strategic partner too.

Later in the day, Shri Modi and President Michel held meetings and addressed the statement to media. Shri Narendra Modi appreciated President Michel for his Government's consistent support to India across international forums. Welcoming the launch of direct air services to India by Air Seychelles last December, the PM hoped that ties between India and Seychelles would be deepened further marked by a spirit of respect, equality, enormous goodwill and warmth. The Prime Minister also expressed his gladness to have been able to get a chance to pay a visit to the neighbour in the Indian Ocean. He termed the Seychelles visit to be short but a very productive one. Shri Narendra Modi considered India-Seychelles relationship as unique and special founded on deep sense mutual trust and confidence. Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today, also unveiled the Plaque and Operationalisation of Radar for the CSRS India-Seychelles Cooperation Project in Sychelles.

Before concluding his Seychelles visit, the PM addressed a massive gathering at a civic reception. Shri Modi touched upon areas like mitigating climate change, renewable energy and Make in India. The crowd cheered immensely as the PM spoke. The event received an exceptional welcome from the people. The PM thanked his supporters and followers in Seychelles for having him welcomed so warmly.

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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.