Complaints are being received from many states for not getting adequate supply of medical oxygen. Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi has held a comprehensive review meeting to ensure adequate medical grade oxygen supply in the country. The statement issued by the PMO said that inputs from ministries like Health, DPIIT, Steel, Road Transport should also be shared with the PM. In the meeting, PM Modi stressed that it is important to ensure coordination between the ministries and state groups.
Prime Minister Modi has announced the estimated use of oxygen and oxygen supply in the next 15 days in 12 states which includes Maharashtra, MP, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, most affected by Corona virus infection. Detailed review of the current situation. In the meeting, the PM was informed about the production capacity in the country to meet the increasing demand.
He also reviewed in detail the current state of oxygen supply in future states of increased Covid infection and future oxygen demand. Assessment of the situation at the district level in these states was placed before the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister was told that the Center and the state are in constant touch about this. PM suggested to increase oxygen production according to the capacity of each plant. It was discussed in the meeting that surplus stock of oxygen supply in steel plants should be given for medical use.
With this, the PM urged the authorities to ensure uninterrupted movement of oxygen carrying tankers across the country. The government has given exemption in registration of interstate movement permits to oxygen tankers to allow easy movement of tankers. The PM was told that the Center and the state were in regular contact. So that oxygen availability can be ensured on 20th April, 25th April and 30th April as per their projected demand. These 12 states have been allocated 4,880 MT, 5,619 MT and 6,593 MT of Oxygen.