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On the eve of 62nd Republic Festival, Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi while felicitating winners of Vanche Gujarat quiz contests termed the festival as an occasion to reaffirm our pledge and commitment to our constitution. Surat beams with pride; the State level celebration of Republic festival has sparked cheers among the students of schools and colleges who received prizes from Shri Modijee.

The Chief Minister also announced to organize an ‘On-line quiz contest and Vanche Gujarat competitions’ every year. The theme of Vanche Gujarat Book-Quiz contests is to have a special focus on three factors- the life and work of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, Indian constitution and the duties of the citizens.

He recalled that last republic festival was celebrated at Surendranagar. With active support and participation of Jan-Shakti the ‘Samvidhan Sanman Yatra’ was taken out at that time.

Reading opens the doors of mind and enriches the person in knowledge domain. CM inspired the students to cultivate reading habit.

The final of Vanche Gujarat Quiz contest , based on the theme of Indian Constitution, was held at Katargam in the presence of CM. Around 36 colleges took part in to the contest ,which started on 18th Jan. CM honored the champion and runners-up with shields. Written words never lose its power, the contest remained an enriching experience filled with fun.

Department of Biotechnology, Veer Narmad University, became champion and Akhandanand College emerged runners up. They got compliments and shield from the CM.

He lauded the visionary initiatives of Gujarat. Those who plan for next 100 years must invest in human capital, added CM. No government has ever taken such an initiative to enhance the knowledge domain of society; however, with the same resolution Gujarat has launched the Vanche Gujarat mission.

Guardian Minister to Surat, Shri Mangubhai Patel, Panchayat Minister Shri Narottam Patel, M.P. Smt Darshana Jardos, Shri C.R.Patil, MLAs Shri Ranjitbhai Gilitvala, Kirit Patel, Kishor Vankvala, Atmaram Parmar, Dy Mayor Chayaben Bhuva, eminent leaders, Municipal Commissioner S. Aparna, Collector Shri A.J. Shah, and students attended the function.

 

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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.