"The UPA Government is destroying the infrastructure of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Dairy Co-operatives"
"CM inaugurates Gujarat Cooperative Congress"
"Mr. Narendra Modi underscores the need of continual cleansing of the cooperative sector of any stains to retain the trust of people"
"CM expresses indignation over the central government’s decisions which amounts to destroying of federal structure of India"
"CM appeals to raise voice against Centre’s move of strangling white revolution and encouraging pink revolution"
"“Cooperative sector should expand its horizon, thinking beyond the profit and bringing about qualitative change in the society”"
"“Free trade agreement with European Union will ruin India’s cooperative dairy sector”"

Inaugurating the Gujarat Cooperative Congress, a mega convention of cooperative sector, today the Chief Minister Narendra Modi underscored the need of continual cleansing of the sector. “Since the people have rest their trust on the cooperative activities, the sector should continually try to cleans itself of any stains”, he said.

The convention was held at Adalaj under the auspices of Gujarat State Cooperative Federation and was participated by about 3000 office bearers of cooperative sector and delegations of top cooperative organizations of other states.

Gujarat cooperative congress is organized every three year in the state. This year the convention saw participation from state cabinet ministers and leaders of cooperative sector.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Modi said, “Gujarat has set high ethics and standards in cooperative sector and thus established a unique identity and repute for the sector in the world.” An emotional bond between the cooperative sector and the government as well between the people and cooperative sector has been established, he said.

Referring to the Madhupura Cooperative Bank episode and the financial turmoil it brought the Chief Minister said, “It was a time when cooperative sector was on the verge of breaking up. But the present government, with political will, initiated to transform the sector. And the move was supported by the cooperative leaders staying away from the partisan politics.”

The cooperative sector must strive to cleanse itself and nurture the sacred values behind its existence. There is no question of Gujarat government interfering in the cooperative activities, he said.

“Ample of new opportunities and possibilities are there with the cooperative sector. The sector should expand its horizon, thinking beyond the profit and bringing about qualitative change in the society”, Mr. Modi said.

He pointed out that many of the Centre’s moves amount to the destroying of federal structure of the country. NABARD’s decision to put primary cooperative societies under the control of district cooperative banks without discussing with the states and without taking them in confidence is alike a snatch on the States’ rights on the cooperative sector. Such decisions are ruining our federal structure.

The government of India is going to make free trade agreement with European Union. This will compel India to import milk and milk product of European countries, ruining the cooperative dairy sector of India along with Gujarat, he said.

Mr. Modi expressed indignation that the Centre kept the people of India, cattle-breeders and cooperative sector in the dark before making such agreement.

He called upon the cooperative sector to raise voice against the Centre’s policy of strangling the dairy sector and the process of white revolution on hand and giving subsidies to meat export on the other hand, thus encouraging the pink revolution.

The Chief Minister appealed the stakeholders to participate in the national seminar on rural development, scheduled on August 17-18, and in the international agri-tech fair, scheduled in coming September. He also appealed the cooperative organizations to contribute in the state’s efforts of collecting iron farming tools from all the villages of India for constructing Sardar Patel’s tallest statue near Narmada dam.

On the occasion the Chief Minister felicitated Mr. Shivajirav Patil, originator of Maharashtra cooperative development activity, Mr. Ghanshyam Amin, Chairman of Gujarat State Cooperative Federation and Mr. Nrupesh Patel, President of Bhadaran Seva Shakari Mandali.

Ministers Bhupendrasinhji Chudasama, Babhubhai Bokhiriya, Chairman of Gujarat cooperative consumers federation Narhari Amin and Chairman of Gujarat Milk Cooperative Marketing Federation Vipul Chaudhary were also present on the occasion.

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April 16, 2021

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.