Bengaluru: Adversities always create an opportunity to strengthen bonds. People should rise above petty politics, bury all their differences and ideological moorings to help out the needy and necessitous in every way possible. 

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik is an epitome and exemplar in this regard. 

News reports add that recently, in a meeting with PM Modi, CM Naveen Patnaik assured all possible help in supplying oxygen to other states. It should be noted that with major steel plants like SAIL Rourkela, Jindal and others, Odisha has a considerable capacity to produce oxygen. Patnaik assured that Odisha will ramp up oxygen production and supply to other states.

News reports add that Odisha has been in the forefront of supplying oxygen to different states like Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Union territories like Delhi. 

Odisha police, on its twitter handle, said, “20 tonnes medical oxygen on way to Visakhapatnam from Angul. Odisha Police escorting for prompt and unhindered  transportation so as to reach thousands of needy patients without any delay”.

How Steel Authority of India is playing a crucial role in supplying oxygen: 

The Steel Authority of India Limited has been crucial in supplying oxygen to all over the country. Last week, SAIL had informed that they have sent over 33,000 tonnes of oxygen all over India from their plants in Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Bengal. SAIL’s plant in Odisha’s Rourkela has ramped up its oxygen production capacity and has been crucial in these efforts, news reports add. 

Why Naveen Patnaik is so different: 

Now, while India fights the pandemic, it also fights political vindictiveness. Many chief ministers of non-BJP rules states point fingers at the Prime Minister during these calamitous times, Patnaik has remained gentlemanly and extended a hand of help to all, irrespective of their political leanings. He also been adept at handling various calamities that his state faces so often. 

Truly, a statesman!