Marking 7 years at helm, PM flags Covid fight: 10-fold rise in oxygen stocks, testing surge

WITH THE NDA Government completing seven years at the helm Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi focused on the country’s fight against Covid, which he described as “the biggest pandemic in the last hundred years”, thanked “Covid warriors”, and pointed out that India is now producing over 10 times more liquid oxygen than in normal times — from 900 metric tonnes a day to 9,500 metric tonnes.

Addressing the 77th episode of Mann Ki Baat, the Prime Minister also thanked farmers for enabling the Government to procure a record amount of crops. He listed the key initiatives of the Government, including rural electricity connections, infrastructure, financial inclusion, water availability in homes and health insurance. He pointed to a “new confidence of peace and development” from the Northeast to Jammu and Kashmir.

“When the second wave came, the demand for oxygen surged all of a sudden…this was a very big challenge…delivering medical oxygen to remote parts of the country was indeed a huge task… Many plants manufacturing industrial oxygen are located in the eastern parts of the country… In confronting this challenge, the country was helped by cryogenic tanker drivers, the Oxygen Express and Air Force pilots…Our warriors are transporting this oxygen to far-flung corners of the country,’’ he said.

“The nation salutes these soldiers of ours, these warriors of ours for the work that they have done…You can guess for yourself, in normal…

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