Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held a high-level review meeting on the availability and supply of oxygen in the country and discussed options and options to increase oxygen availability during this period. According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the Prime Minister stressed on the need to work expeditiously to increase the production of oxygen, speed up its distribution and ensure its access to health facilities. During this period, the officials briefed the Prime Minister on the steps taken to improve the supply of oxygen in the last few weeks.
“The prime minister has been asked by all the state governments to meet the demand for oxygen from the states and to have adequate supply accordingly,” the statement said. The prime minister was also told how the states’ oxygen demand was growing rapidly. The statement said that against the current demand of 67,678,585 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen per day from 20 states, they have been allotted 68,822 metric tonnes per day since April 21.
Availability increased to 3300 metric tons
The meeting was informed that the availability of liquid therapeutic oxygen has increased by 33,300 metric tons per day in recent days. This includes the contribution of private and government steel plants, industries, oxygen producers. The availability of oxygen has also been increased by restricting the supply of oxygen to non-essential industries.
Instructions for strict action against holders
The Prime Minister also gave necessary instructions to the authorities to ensure uninterrupted and uninterrupted supply of oxygen to the state. The Prime Minister also urged the state to take stern action against those who set up oxygen supplies. The meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Home Secretary, Health and other ministries and departments and senior officials of the NITI Commission.
The Supreme Court sought answers from the Center
Amid growing corona cases across the country and the movement for drugs and oxygen, the Supreme Court has taken a hard line on the central government. Taking automatic cognizance of the issue, the Supreme Court has issued a notice to the central government asking how it plans to address the corona virus. The Supreme Court has issued this notice in view of the hearing of the case related to Corona in the High Court.
The current situation was described as an emergency
Describing the current situation as a “national emergency”, the bench of Chief Justice SA Bobade also sought answers from the Center for Oxygen and Drug Supply and Vaccination. The court asked the center to state a national preparation plan to fight Corona.