MP must be self-reliant in O2 production: CM

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh should achieve self-reliance in the production of medical oxygen at the earliest, so that at the time of crisis, the State need not depend on oxygen supply from other States.

Chouhan said that the ongoing construction work of oxygen units in the State should be completed soon. Care should be taken to ensure quality in the work.

The Group of Ministers made a presentation on self-reliance in ‘Medical Oxygen Production’ in Mantralaya on Friday before the Chief Minister Chouhan. Public Works Minister Gopal Bhargava, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Minister Bisahulal Singh, Cooperation Minister Arvind Singh Bhadauria, Higher Education Minister Mohan Yadav, Industrial Policy and Investment Minister Rajvardhan Singh Dattigaon, Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains, Principal Secretary Sanjay Shukla were present.

It was informed in the presentation by the Department of Industrial Policy and Investment Promotion that large oxygen cylinder manufacturing units are being set up in Ujjain and Gwalior.

Work is being done to set up PSA plant, LMO production and storage and flowmeter manufacturing units. Plans are afoot for setting up ASU in districts where there is no


Department of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises said in its presentation that 200 tonnes each of oxygen storage tanks are to be installed in Bhopal, Sagar and Indore. Arrangements are being made to audit and monitor the capacity and quality of ASUs.

The presentation of Public Health and Family Welfare Department disclosed that Liquid Medical Oxygen Plants of 6 K.L. capacity are being installed in 34 district hospitals of the state. Also, there will be PSAs in every district hospital. At present there are 11184 oxygen supported beds in government hospitals and 4193 oxygen beds in medical colleges. In government hospitals, 2887 oxygen beds and 866 oxygen beds in medical colleges are being increased.

The Chief Minister said that oxygen pipeline would be mandatory in 30 percent of beds in private hospitals of the state. Oxygen concentrators will be available in far-flung areas.