Work closely with state governments to start PSA oxygen plant: Modi to officials

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High level meeting

New Delhi (NVI): Amid the rising case of COVID-19 in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today directed officials to work closely with state governments to start the PSA Oxygen plants as soon as possible.

Modi chaired a meeting with top officials to review the prevailing situation in the country.

During the meeting, Modi got an overview on the situation relating to oxygen availability, medicines, health infrastructure.

“PM instructed the officials to work closely with state governments to start the PSA Oxygen plants at the earliest. Officers also apprised the PM that they are encouraging states to also set up PSA Oxygen plants,” government said in a statement.

The Empowered Group working on boosting Oxygen Supply briefed the PM on the efforts being made to ramp up availability and supply of oxygen in the country.

They informed the PM about increasing allocation of Oxygen to states.

“It was discussed that the production of LMO in the country has increased from 5700 MT per day in August 2020 to the present 8922 MT on April 25, 2021. The domestic production of LMO is expected to cross 9250 MT/day by the end of April 2021.

Meanwhile Modi was briefed about the functioning of the Oxygen Express Railways Service as well as the domestic sorties and international sorties undertaken by IAF to transport oxygen tankers.

The Empowered Group working on Medical Infrastructure and Covid management briefed the PM on efforts being undertaken to ramp up availability of beds and ICUs.

“They informed the PM on efforts being break the chain of transmission,” it said.

The Prime Minister stressed on the need to ensure that specific guidelines and strategies evolved regarding Covid management needs to be properly implemented by the relevant agencies in the states.

Cabinet Secretary,  Home Secretary, Secretary RT&H, Secretary I&B, Secretary Pharmaceuticals, Member NITI Aayog, DG ICMR, Secretary Biotechnology & other senior officers were present in the meeting.