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"Sardar Sarovar Project should get 90 % central assistance under AIBP"
"Gujarat Chief Minister writes to Prime Minister to include SSP on the Narmada under AIBP"
"“SSP deserves 90 per cent assistance on the lines of similar projects in Punjab and Karnataka” - Shri Narendra Modi"
"“Narmada water is lifeline for drought-prone and desert areas” - Shri Narendra Modi"

 

Ahmedabad, Saturday: In a fresh letter written to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi today forcefully reiterated the demand for inclusion of Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) on the Narmada River for Centre’s Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) for areas under Desert Development Programme (DDP).

Mr. Modi recalled that he had raised the legitimate issue with the Prime Minister earlier on January 17, May 17 and June 21 in 2011, demanded that SSP deserves 90 per cent of the assistance. It was corroborated by the Union Minister of Water Resources and Minorities those areas under DDP deserve higher priority than even Drought-Prone Area Development (DPAP).

He recalled that Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission had in a letter on March 29, 2011 also supported the Gujarat Government’s aforesaid demand. The Planning Commission appointed Task Force in 2008 too, called for removing discrepancies in the allotment of Central assistance under DDP and DPAP. As a sequel to this, Union Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure Facilities discussed the issue in May 2010 and suggested guidelines for inclusion of three DDP and DPAP water resources projects – two in Punjab and one in Karnataka – for Central assistance, excluding Gujarat’s SSP.

Mr. Modi further asserted in his latest letter that the Prime Minister is fully seized with the facts and significance, even as 75 per cent of the18.45-lakh hectare SSP command areas come under DPAP (5.08-lakh ha or 27,56 per cent) and DDP (8.73-lakh ha or 47.13 per cent).

He said that it is a well known fact that rainfall is far less and infrequent in areas under DDP rather than DPAP, which demands that top priority be given to the SSP as the Narmada river water is the only lifeline for inclusion under Inter-Basin Transfer of Water. So far, he pointed out, SSP had created irrigation potential in 7.19-lakh ha, while the bulk of remaining areas yet to be covered fall under DDP and DPAP. The Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) of national importance to increase agricultural production contributing to the overall development of India could progress faster if only it is covered under AIBP, he said.

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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.