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Gandhinagar, Monday: Government of Gujarat (GoG) today blamed the Congress-ruled Central Government for deliberately delaying granting permission to complete the gates at Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) to raise the dam height from 121.92 metres to 138.68 metres on the Narmada.

According to state government spokespersons, Finance Minister Nitin Patel and Energy Minister Saurabh Patel, the Government of Gujarat (GoG) has completed Rehabilitation and Resettlement (R&R) of Project Affected Persons (PAPs) in 2006, as so also the Government of Madhya Pradesh (GoMP) in consultation with R&R Sub-Group and the Government of Maharashtra (GoMH).

The ministers said that the partner states have submitted the completion report to R&R Sub-Group at the Narmada Control Authority (NCA) meeting in New Delhi on September 12, 2012. However, the meeting presided over by Union secretary for Justice and Empowerment postponed granting permission, asking some insignificant details from the Congress-led GoMH. The latter has complied with the details on January 8, 2013. These details had nothing to do with GoMP which had in fact submitted its report in January 2010.

And, yet, the ministers said that Gujarat’s Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil is blaming GoG and GoMP with a view to misleading the people of the state. It is unbelievable that Congress leaders of Gujarat weren’t aware of the real reasons behind the delay.

Out of 412 PAPs to be rehabilitated by GoMH, the Ministers pointed out that GoG provided private arable land to 90 PAPs in Nizhar taluka inside Gujarat while GoMH provided land to remaining 322 PAPs.

The next meeting of the R&R Group and NCA, which was scheduled to be held on January 23, 2013 was abruptly postponed at the eleventh hour citing the R&R Group’s Chairman’s indisposition.

The delay reflects the Central Government’s apprehension that allowing the dam’s height to go up to 138.68 metres would help Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi take the credit of completing the dam.

The ministers said that the GoG had completed all the spadework to place the gates (spillway piers) in June 2005, but for the permission. It would take about 30 months to complete the remaining job.

The ministers recalled that whenever Mr. Modi met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he had requested the latter to end the stalemate. He repeated the request last time on February 6, 2013 during his courtesy call on being elected for another term. Dr Singh even expressed surprise at the delay. A delegation of Members of Parliament had also personally met the Prime Minister and submitted a memorandum but to no avail.

Sadly, they said, the completion of the dam to the stipulated height would benefit not only Gujarat but also Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The completion would hold 34-lakh acre feet of water (three times the present capacity) and generate 40 per cent additional electricity, helping Maharashtra partly meet the power shortage.

The ministers regretted that a multipurpose river valley project of immense national importance to benefit four states is pending for the last 50 years due to the Congress party’s negative attitude.

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The Prime Minister said that together India had defeated Covid last year & India can do it again, with the same principles but faster speed and coordination.

The PM stressed that there is no substitute to testing, tracking and treatment. Early testing and proper tracking remains key to reduce mortality. He also said that local administrations need to be proactive and sensitive to people’s concerns.

The Prime Minister directed that close coordination with States must be ensured in handling the pandemic. He said that all necessary measures must be taken to ramp up the availability of hospital beds for Covid patients. The Prime Minister also directed that additional supply of beds through temporary hospitals and isolation centres should be ensured.

PM spoke about the need to utilize the full potential of India’s pharmaceutical industry to meet the rising demand of various medicines. He reviewed the status of supply of Remdesivir and other medicines. The Prime Minister was briefed on actions taken to address the issue of availability of Remdesivir. Through the efforts of the Government, capacity and production augmentation for manufacturing of Remdesivir has been ramped up to provide around 74.10 lakh vials/month in May while the normal production output in January-February being just 27-29 lakh vials/month. Supplies have also increased from 67,900 vials on 11th April going up to over 2,06,000 vials on 15th April 2021 which are being particularly focused on states with high caseload and high demand. He took note of the ramped up production capacity, and directed that issues relating to real-time supply chain management to States must be resolved urgently in coordination with the States. The Prime Minister directed that use of Remdesivir and other medicines must be in accordance with approved medical guidelines, and that their misuse and black marketing must be strictly curbed.

On the issue of supply of medical oxygen, the Prime Minister directed that the installation of approved medical oxygen plants should be sped up. 162 PSA Oxygen plants are being installed in 32 States/UTs from PM CARES. The officers informed that 1 lakh cylinders are being procured & they will be supplied to states soon. The officers briefed the PM that they are in constant supply with 12 high burden states in assessing the current and future requirement of medical oxygen. A supply mapping plan for 12 high burden states till 30th April has also been undertaken. The Prime Minister also said that supply of oxygen required for production of medicines and equipment necessary to handle the pandemic should also be ensured.

The Prime Minister also reviewed the status of availability & supply of ventilators. The Prime Minister noted that a real time monitoring system has been created, and directed that concerned State governments should be sensitized to use the system proactively.

On the issue of vaccination, the Prime Minister directed all officials to make efforts to utilize the entire national capacity, in public as well as private sector, to ramp up vaccine production.

He was joined by Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to PM, Union Home Secretary, Union Health Secretary, Pharma Secretary. Dr V K Paul, Niti Aayog was also present.