"Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates Lakulish Yoga University in Ahmedabad "
"Law may see it as a Yoga University but this is a Yuga University. From here a new Yuga will be born that will work towards the benefit of mankind: Shri Modi "
"Yoga University will benefit not only Gujarat and India but also the world: Shri Modi "
"Yoga is not only a way towards Rog Mukti but also towards Bhog Mukti: Shri Modi "
"Yoga is a blend of Gyan (knowledge), Karm (work) and Bhakti (devotion) together: Shri Modi"

On the morning of Thursday 23rd May 2013 Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Lakulish Yoga University in Ahmedabad. He prayed to Almighty to bless the endeavour and pointed, “The law may see this as a Yoga University. But, it is much more. It is a Yuga University. From here a new Yuga will be born that will work towards the benefit of mankind.” Shri Modi recalled that when he talked about Gujarat having a Yoga University, there were skeptics who asked where is the university but today this dream has been realized. Shri Modi expressed confidence that this Yoga University will benefit not only Gujarat and India but also the world.

Shri Modi talked at length about the importance of Yoga in our lives. He described it as the simplest way to work towards the good of the world. He said, “Many feel Yoga is a way towards Rog Mukti (eradication of diseases) but Yoga is not only about Rog Mukti, it is also about Bhog Mukti (desisting from worldly greed).” Shri Modi challenged the conventional belief of some people that only performing Asanas is Yoga. He affirmed, “Some think Asana is Yoga. Some say we cannot bend properly so we find Yoga tough. But ask yourselves- those who work in circuses are very flexible. But, is every one of them a Yogi? If only doing Asanas was Yoga then everyone working in a circus could be Yogi! But Yoga is much more. It is a blend of Gyan (knowledge), Karm (work) and Bhakti (devotion) together.”

Shri Modi opined that another definition of Yoga is what integrates. He said that Yoga is far beyond and more important than converting dollars and pounds into rupees. Quoting a poem by former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Shri Modi affirmed that it is possible to experience Yoga even in political life.

The Chief Minister pointed out that Yoga gives the individual the strength to determine what the person wants to do in his or her life. He also added that in the history of our nation, there have been various types of Yoga that have been written about by great individuals and texts. He stated that time and again, our land has been home to saints and seers who have taken Yoga to the world in an extremely scientific manner. He also shared that some individuals have made the effort to make Yoga a collective exercise.

In his speech, he also linked Yoga with stress management. He said, “Stress management is a big thing. A day is not far when stress management professional experts will assume immense importance. Earlier we had joint families, which were natural ways of mitigating stress. Now we are in micro families are common, both parents are working and stress among children is increasing. That is why they are taking to guns.” Shri Modi went on to say, “Take children to a toy shop. Eight out of ten children will chose guns. If this goes on, how can we build a social fabric?” He also stressed on the need to create good Yoga teachers and said that this University is a wonderful step in this direction.

Shri Modi expressed joy that he has got the opportunity to share the platform with Rajarshi Muni ji, who he recalled meeting in 1979. Rajarshi Muni ji spoke about the importance of Yoga in his speech. Minister Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama also spoke on the occasion. BJP leaders Shri IK Jadeja and Shri Narharibhai Amin were present on the occasion.

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PM reviews status of oxygen availability to ensure adequate supply
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.