3th May, 2021
The situation is expected to improve in Delhi, which is suffering from a lack of oxygen due to the increasing number of patients in the corona epidemic. The Supreme Court has directed the Central Government to meet the oxygen shortage in Delhi by May 3 as per the trust given in the court.
Not only this, but the Supreme Court has also asked the central government to work with the state governments to prepare a buffer stock of oxygen for emergencies. This order has been given by a three-member bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud in the matter of the need for medicines and oxygen etc. to deal with the corona epidemic.
Court's detailed written order was issued later
The Supreme Court heard the matter on Friday, but a detailed written order of the court was issued later. In the order, the Supreme Court has said that according to the assurance given by the Solicitor General on behalf of the Central Government during the hearing, according to it, the Central Government should complete the oxygen shortage in Delhi within two days of the day of hearing (30 April). The central government should complete the shortage of oxygen in Delhi by midnight of May 3.
Prepare Oxygen buffer stock with states
At the same time, the court has asked the central government to work with states to prepare a buffer stock of oxygen in order to deal with the emergency and this emergency stock should be kept separately. The court has directed the Center to prepare this buffer stock within four days and said that the level of oxygen availability in this buffer stock should be maintained daily. The court has clarified that this buffer stock of oxygen designed to deal with emergencies will be different from the quota of oxygen allocated to the states.
Asked to make a national policy about hospitalization of patients in two weeks
The court has directed the central government to formulate a national policy regarding hospitalization of patients within two weeks. All state governments will follow that policy. The court has said that as long as the central government makes a national policy in this regard, no patient in any state or union territory is forbidden to be admitted to hospital or given necessary medicines in the absence of local residence or identity card. Will be done.
The court said that the central government should review the measures and protocols taken. This includes the availability of oxygen, the availability and price of the vaccine, the affordable price of essential medicines. The court has also sought replies from the Center to the next hearing on other issues raised in the order.