New Delhi, 24/4 (AO Bureau): Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level meeting on oxygen availability in the country on Saturday and directed the revenue department to complete basic custom duty and health cess on the import of vaccines, oxygen, and oxygen-linked equipment for the next three months with immediate effect Be removed as such. The Prime Minister said in the meeting that there is an urgent need to increase the supply of medical grade oxygen in hospitals and also there is a great need for oxygen-related equipment to meet the needs of patients at home and hospital.
The Prime Minister directed all Ministries and Departments to work together to ensure availability of oxygen and medical supplies. He directed the revenue department to take immediate decisions to give clearance for oxygen and oxygen related products. The meeting also decided to abolish the basic customs duty on import of Kovid-19 vaccine. This decision will be effective for the next three months.
The central government has appointed a nodal officer for this, who will deal with matters related to custom. The central government said that today’s decisions will help to ensure the availability of oxygen and vaccine. It will also help in keeping the prices of things low. Let us know that the vaccination program is going on in the country with Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine Kovishield made by Serum Institute of India and Kovoxin vaccine of Bharat Biotech-ICMR. Apart from these two, the Central Government has also approved the emergency use of Russia’s vaccine Sputnik-V.
This is the third major meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the last three days, facing criticism for not preparing better for the second wave of Corona. On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a meeting with oxygen manufacturers regarding production and transportation. A day before this, he had a meeting with government officials and directed to increase the production of medical oxygen at the domestic leve