Amid the oxygen shortage in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday chaired a high-level meeting to review the oxygen supply across the country and discuss ways and means to boost its availability.
The officials briefed him on the efforts undertaken in the last few weeks to improve the supply of oxygen amid its shortage in India.
PM Narendra Modi spoke about the need to work rapidly on multiple aspects including increasing the production of oxygen, increasing the speed of distribution and using innovative ways to provide oxygen support to health facilities.
PM was informed that an elaborate exercise is being done in coordination with the states to identify their demand for oxygen and ensure adequate supply accordingly.
He was briefed on how oxygen supply to states is steadily increasing. Against the present demand from 20 states of 6,785 MT/ day of Liquid Medical Oxygen, the Government of India has from April 21, allocated 6,822 MT/ day to these states.
It was noted that in the last few days, availability of Liquid Medical Oxygen has been increased by about 3,300 MT/ day with contributions from private and public steel plants, industries, oxygen manufacturers as well as through prohibition of supply of oxygen for non-essential industries.
Officers informed the PM that they are working together with the states to operationalize the sanctioned PSA oxygen plants as soon as possible.
PM directed the officials to ensure that oxygen supply to various states happens in a smooth, unhindered manner.
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