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Mr Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency called on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today. innr_atomic_1_2703 The Prime Minister lauded IAEA for its enormous contribution to the promotion of safe and secure use of atomic science for peace and development in the world – goals that India shared. He thanked Director General Amano for his leadership in focusing IAEA`s efforts on human development, including food security and health; for enhancing safety standards in nuclear power plants and other facilities; and, for IAEA`s continuing high standards in its regulatory role. The Prime Minister attached special importance to IAEA`s crucial role in generating public awareness and confidence on safety aspects; and, in supporting efforts to make nuclear power more affordable. innr_atomic_2703 The Prime Minister recalled India`s excellent relations with IAEA since India became a founding member of the agency. As a member of the Board of Governor of IAEA, India, he emphasised, attached utmost importance to advancing the goals of IAEA.

The Prime Minister conveyed that he considered nuclear energy to be vital for supporting economic development in India, meeting the energy needs of our people and addressing the challenge of climate change. At the same time, he sought to place special emphasis on using atomic science for addressing the needs of ordinary citizens, by application in areas like health care, agriculture, food preservation, clean water and waste management. He reiterated India`s commitment to maintaining the highest global standards of nuclear safety and security.

Director General Amano expressed appreciation and admiration for the India`s progress in nuclear science and technology, focus on developmental aspects, commitment to the highest levels of safety and security standards, and record as a responsible nuclear power; the excellent relations between IAEA and India; India`s contribution to the work of IAEA; and, India`s assistance to neighbouring and other countries in the peaceful and developmental aspects of nuclear science.

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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.