Uddhav Thackeray addresses to the public on Maharashtra Covid surge, on 2 April 2021 | Twitter/@ANI
Uddhav Thackeray addresses the public on Maharashtra Covid surge, on 2 April 2021 | Twitter/@ANI
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Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said he had tried to contact Prime Minister Narendra Modi on phone regarding the oxygen supply for the state but the PM was not available since he was busy campaigning for the West Bengal elections.

Speaking to industrialists and representatives of trade bodies like FICCI and CII via video conferencing, the CM also said the Centre was cooperating with the Maharashtra government.

Earlier in the day, Union minister Piyush Goyal had attacked Uddhav Thackeray on the issue of availability of oxygen in the state, saying that Maharashtra has so far received the highest quantity of oxygen in India and the Centre is in regular touch with state governments to assess their needs.

“Maharashtra is suffering from an inept and corrupt government and the Centre is doing its best for the people. People of Maharashtra are following ‘Majha Kutumb, Majhi Javabadari’ dutifully. It is time the CM (chief minister) also follows his duties in the spirit of ‘Majha Rajya, Majhi Javabadari’,” the commerce and industry minister said.

Meanwhile, Thackeray appealed to the industrial sector to plan a COVID-appropriate work-style to ensure that the economy is not impacted in case of a “third wave of coronavirus”.

The CM said a task force of the industrial sector will be set up for coordination with the state government.

“Maharashtra needs oxygen supply and all oxygen produced is being used for medical purpose. I contacted prime minister Narendra Modi about the need for oxygen supply, but he wasn’t available on phone yesterday since he was busy with the West Bengal poll campaign. But the Centre is cooperating with the state,” Thackeray is quoted as saying in a release issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).

Thackeray further said though the number of COVID-19 waves cannot be predicted, the trade and industry should plan accordingly to tackle the next wave by adopting the “COVID-appropriate work style and set up testing and vaccination facilities.

He also called for raising a special infrastructure for the health of workers, increasing the number of isolation beds, developing work-from-home setup and staggering the work hours.

In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, Thackeray had said that medical oxygen requirement in the state is projected to reach 2,000 metric tonnes per day by April-end from the present consumption of 1,200 MT per day.

Citing logistical hurdles in the transportation of liquid medical oxygen from neighbouring states, Thackeray had sought permission under the National Disaster Management Act to airlift oxygen from steel plants in eastern and southern parts of the country.

Medical-grade oxygen is used for the treatment of critical COVID-19 patients and in other cases of respiratory diseases.

Also read: Piyush Goyal attacks Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray over lack of oxygen in the state


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  1. Maha CM could not give good administration to Maha and keep blaming every one else for his failure.
    He was just busy fighting with Kangana, Arnab, vasooli

  2. It is clear from Maharastra’s rising numbers that the situation is much the same in Goa, Karnataka, Andhra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh. It cannot be any different because the virus does not respect state boundaries.If it is horrible in Maharastra, it must be equally severe in neighboring states ruled by BJP. The Centre is covering up fatality and active case figures in BJP ruled states to show that opposition ruled states like Delhi, Punjab, WB, Maharashtra and Kerala are worst affected. They are perhaps building a case against these states to be placed under Presidents Rule, the cheapest way to take over democracy.

  3. It Was Reported By One Of You Guys That A Few Days Back During Video Conferencing With PM CM Was Busy On A Land Line.Wherein He Failed To Raise This Issue?

    • Presidents rule to handle pandemic? It is worse than the Lutyens story that Modi did not pick thookreys calls? Of all BJP ruled states u found one Gujarat to beat them up. Good luck. What was MVA doing for a year? Is not health a state subject? Is it not states responsibility to ensure enough Oxygen plants? Why balame Modi? You need permission from Modi to setup an oxygen plant? Or were you busy with vasooli?

  4. I have heard that Desi Cows exhale Oxygen, can we make use of that, why we need Oxygen plants from China

  5. Maharashtra sarkar was busy with vasool scam and became highest covid in country without any rallies or mela

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