Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday interacted with leading oxygen manufacturers across the country through video conferencing. He said, this time is not only to deal with the challenges, but also to provide solutions in a very short time. During the meeting, Mr Modi stressed on the need to maintain good co-ordination between the government and the oxygen producers.
Prime Minister appreciated the oxygen producers for increasing their production in the last few weeks. He acknowledged the several steps taken to increase the production of liquid oxygen. He also thanked the industry for diverting industrial oxygen to meet medical requirements in the country.
To improve the situation further, Mr Modi spoke about utilising the full potential of the industry to meet the demand of oxygen in the coming days. He noted that there is a need to increase the availability of oxygen cylinders as well as upgrade the logistics facilities for transportation of oxygen. He urged the industry to utilize tankers meant to transport other gases for oxygen supply.
The Prime Minister said keeping in mind the requirements of states pertaining to oxygen, government is working on effective use of Railways and Air Force so that the tankers reach the production centre as soon as possible. Mr Modi remarked that the government, states, industry, transporters and all the hospitals need to come together and work in unison. He said, the better the synergy and coordination, the easier it will be able to deal with this challenge.
Appreciating the oxygen producers, Prime Minister extended government’s full support to them and hoped the country would be successful in combating the crisis soon.
During the meeting, Mukesh Ambani CMD of Reliance Industries Limited, Soma Mandal Chairperson of SAIL, Sajjan Jindal of JSW, Narendran of Tata Steel and Naveen Jindal of Jindal Steel and Power Limited, among others were present.