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English is a widely used and globally accepted language. Be it government job or a job in corporate sector, knowledge of English language holds paramount importance. Understanding the importance of English, Shri Narendra Modi launched a novel initiative to help people learn the language; the initiative which is called SCOPE (Society for Creation of Opportunity through Proficiency in English). Through SCOPE, the state government aims at building English language proficiency among youth of Gujarat, thereby, enabling them to seek employment opportunities from a wider canvas.

Since its launch in 2007, SCOPE has trained around 3, 00, 000 learners of different age groups. Further, the initiative aims at training 5, 00, 000 youths in business English.  SCOPE is spread wide in the entire state with its learning centers aiding the youth in the remotest areas of the Gujarat, including the prisoners in jails. The program helps the learners to develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and grammar.

Education and Skill development have always remained among the top priorities for Shri Modi. This can be visualized in the reduced number of school dropout rates through Kanya Kelavani and Shala Praveshotsav, and the rising numbers of Skill development initiatives in the state like eMPOWER, iCREATE, ITIs etc.

Also Read: Read & Write: Gujarat shows the way

Do read an experience of a person who says SCOPE has touched his life in a great way.

"During my two and a half years association with SCOPE(TMPL), I came into contact with many students and parents. One thing was common amongst all, even in physically challenged students. I would always feel the vibe they are saying “Do not stop me, there is too much SCOPE”. I feel immensely happy that through SCOPE, I became instrumental in fulfilling the desires of aspirants."

Arvind Raval

Center Co-ordinator,

Ayurved Gramudhyog Mandal

Surendranagar.

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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.