"He has dedicated himself for the people of the state! He is working incessantly with a passion for inclusive development of the State!! ................ And the people have acknowledged it whole heartedly!

Not only the people of Gujarat but that of the whole nation! Not only once but for a number of times now!! Not only has he been ranked first; but his ratings equal to that of the two next best put together."


Headlines Today Bureau

New Delhi, August 12, 2010

Gujarat's Narendra Modi remains India's best performing chief minister while Congress prince Rahul Gandhi is the man the nation is rooting for to be prime minister, according to the India Today Mood of the Nation poll.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's popularity, as per the annual poll, is sinking by the day. His UPA government too has got a thumbs-down over rising prices and overall performance.

A comprehensive poll With a sample size of over 12,000 eligible voters in 98 parliamentary constituencies across 19 states, the Mood of the Nation poll is the most definitive reflection of what the country thinks and wants. It covers all age groups and both genders in urban and rural India.

Best chief minister Since 2002, India Today has been tracking the performance of chief ministers in this poll. And since then, Modi has figured among the top five chief ministers.

In the latest poll, Modi's nationwide popularity rating of 20 equals the combined ratings of the second and third best chief ministers - Delhi's Sheila Dikshit (11) and Bihar's Nitish Kumar (9).

Ironically, Dikshit's popularity is on the wane in her karmabhoomi Delhi. She maybe ranked No. 2 nationally but comes at a dismal 17 among her own voters.

Modi is India's most controversial politician. He's scorned by pundits and spurned by intellectuals. Yet, he continues to be a pan-Indian idol.

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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.