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    COVID Scare: DoNER Ministry to set up O2 plants in all NE states

    The Ministry is also actively considering the proposal of Arunachal Government for five mobile oxygen vans at a cost of 5 crore rupees

    GUWAHATI: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Jitendra Singh on Monday said that the DoNER Ministry has initiated steps to set up oxygen plants in all the northeastern states.

    Reviewing the COVID situation, Singh said that the DoNER Ministry has been chalking out its plan for installing oxygen plants in the region.

    He said, “An oxygen plant was set up in Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh with financial support provided by the ministry and efforts are on to set up many more plants in remote and far-flung areas of other states. The Ministry is also actively considering the proposal of Arunachal Government for five mobile oxygen vans at a cost of 5 crore rupees.”

    He however added that there is no shortage of oxygen in any of the North Eastern States and some of them are having surplus stock due to timely supply last year.

    In addition, the DoNER minister also recalled that last year in the early days of lockdown-1, the Ministry has stepped in pre-emptively and placed an amount of Rs.25 Cr at the disposal of northeastern states for preparatory steps to tackle the pandemic, even though at that time the NE states had not been that much affected so far and many of the states like Sikkim and Manipur were absolutely Corona-free at that time.

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