22nd April, 2021
Amid the outcry over oxygen in Corona-infected states, the Union Home Ministry has fixed the responsibility of the DM and SP to maintain its supply smoothly. Action can be taken against them under the Disaster Management Act in the event of an interruption in the supply of oxygen. The Home Ministry issued a new order following a clear directive from the PM to fix the responsibility of the officials in the event of an interruption in the oxygen supply. On Friday, PM will again review the corona by holding three separate high-level meetings.
PM Modi will know about the whole situation
During this time, the PM will inquire about the situation with the Chief Ministers and Oxygen Producers of the states with very high infection. In view of this, he has postponed four proposed rallies in Bengal on Friday. In the last three-four days, it has become clear that there are more problems than supply of oxygen in the country and there are irregularities at some level.
Review meeting on supply of oxygen
On Thursday, the Prime Minister reviewed its production and demand, as well as problems in supply. Health Ministry officials said that efforts are being made to ensure oxygen supply as per the demand of the states. On Wednesday evening, there was a demand of 6785 tonnes per day of oxygen supply from 20 states. The Center allocated 6822 tonnes of oxygen to these states. That is, the real problem is not the availability, but to reach the hospitals.
Instructions for action on obstructors
In the meeting, the Prime Minister was told that oxygen supply has improved in the last few days. But despite the quota allocation, some states are trying to disrupt the oxygen supply and pressurize their oxygen-producing units to supply oxygen to local hospitals. On this, the Prime Minister asked to decide the responsibility of the officials who obstructed the oxygen supply and ensure action against them.
DM and SP's responsibility fixed
After issuing orders following the Prime Minister's instructions, the Ministry of Home Affairs has fixed the responsibility of DM and SP. It is obvious that in such a situation, the statement of Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij may also come under the purview. Those found guilty of violating the Disaster Management Law can face a jail term of up to one year. At the same time, the states have also been made clear that they will be supplied oxygen as per the pre-decided quota.
Home Ministry gave instructions
The order of the Ministry of Home Affairs has explained in detail that there should be no disruption in the movement of the oxygen tanker. The changing need of oxygen in the states is being monitored and supply will be ensured accordingly.
Oxygen Express adding breath
At the meeting, Prime Minister Modi was told how 109 tons of oxygen was supplied to Mumbai from Visakhapatnam with the help of the Railway's Oxygen Express. The number of such trains will be increased further. Also, to reduce the time it takes the tanker to move, the empty tanker is being transported from the airplane to the oxygen plant to save time on one side.
Work of deploying oxygen units on a war footing
The work of setting up oxygen-producing units in hospitals is being done on a war footing. Of the 162 units approved last year, 33 have been commissioned and another 70 will be operational by the end of this month. The Prime Minister called for the need to work on new ideas to overcome the lack of oxygen.
- If the supply is interrupted, DM-SP will be taken action under the Disaster Management Act
- PM reviews production and demand as well as the supply situation
- PM's meeting with Chief Ministers, officials, and oxygen producers on Friday
Demand and availability account
- 6785 tonnes of oxygen demand from 20 states on Wednesday evening
6822 tonnes of oxygen was sent to these states from the central government
- 3300 tonne per day capacity has been increased with the help of industries and preventing supply to non-essential industries
Key points of the order
- The movement of oxygen vehicles between states will remain uninterrupted
- There will be no time restriction on the movement of these vehicles inside the cities.
- Producers will not be pressurized to supply only in the original state
- Vehicles in a district will not be forced to stop and supply there
- States will have to strictly follow the empowered group-1 supply scheme.
- It will be the responsibility of DM, SSP, SP, DCP to follow these instructions.
Supply of industries stopped
The Ministry of Home Affairs has stopped the supply of industrial oxygen. This ban from Thursday will be effective till the next order. The list of nine exempted industries and other decisions in this regard was given only on 18 April.
PM will discuss various issues
It is being told that in a meeting with the Chief Ministers of states with high infection of Corona, he will talk about testing, tracking and treatment as well as proper monitoring of oxygen and medicines. They will also be assured that there will be no shortage of oxygen and the availability of the vaccine will also remain intact. In the meeting with the oxygen producers, discussions can be held on increasing the capacity.