Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also been holding several meetings to ensure the availability of oxygen which is key to Covid-19 treatment and its shortage has caused panic among citizens.
Fertiliser companies across the country will contribute 50 metric tonnes of medical oxygen for seriously ill Covid-19 patients every day, Union minister of state for chemicals and fertilisers Mansukh Mandaviya said on Wednesday.
“Mandaviya called upon the firms to help the society during this pandemic time by reorienting their existing capacity of oxygen production and augmenting the supply of medical grade oxygen to the hospitals,” the ministry of chemicals and fertilisers said in a statement.
The move comes against the backdrop of a shortage of oxygen being reported from several regions across the country, especially Delhi, for the treatment of critical patients. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also been holding several meetings to ensure the availability of the gas which is key to Covid-19 treatment and its shortage has caused panic among citizens.
The decision came after Mansukh Mandaviya chaired a meeting with fertiliser companies of the public sector, private sector as well as co-operative sector to explore the possibility of production of oxygen in their plants. “The fertiliser companies welcomed the initiative of MoS and readily showed interest to join the efforts of Government of India to fight Covid -19 situation in the country,” according to the ministry’s statement.
Report by Chetali S M
Reported on – 28/04/2021
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