PM Narendra Modi reviews oxygen status, production to be increased | India News

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the status of oxygen availability across 12 high burden states and asked officials to ensure synergy across ministries and state governments to ensure adequate supply in the country. He also called for seamless and free movement of tankers carrying oxygen throughout the country.
The review came in the wake of a surge in critical Covid-19 cases needing oxygen support, resulting in sudden high demand for medical oxygen, particularly in states reporting a surge in daily new cases.
Keeping in view the rise in demand, the Centre on Thursday initiated several measures including ramping up production, utilisation of surplus stocks and mapping of requirement of high burden states with oxygen sources. The government has also decided to import 50,000 tonnes of medical oxygen.
The PM was informed that the Centre and states were in regular contact and estimates for projected demand were shared with states. Accordingly, 4,880 tonnes, 5,619 tonnes and 6,593 tonnes were allocated to these 12 states for meeting their projected demand on April 20, April 25 and April 30, respectively.
The PM suggested increasing oxygen production as per the capacity of each plant.
The government has exempted all inter-state movement of oxygen tankers from registration of permits to enable easier movement. The 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 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.

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