‘Don’t force us to take coercive steps’: SC warns Centre on oxygen supply to Delhi


On Friday the Honorable Supreme Court cautioned the Centre and asserted that it has to give 700 MT of oxygen to Delhi every day till the order on the same is reviewed or modified.The top court had pulled up the Centre after the Delhi government complained it didn’t receive 700 MT of oxygen even after the court’s orders.
While hearing the matter, the apex court yesterday told the central government that Delhi must get at least 700 tonnes of oxygen every day to meet the needs of Covid-19 patients. “If nothing is to be hidden, let it come before the nation how allocation and distribution is done transparently by the Centre,” the Supreme Court added.  

On his side Arvind Kejriwal Honorable Chief Minister of Delhi stated “his administration won’t let anyone die of oxygen shortage if it got the earmarked 700 tonnes of oxygen supply every day from the Centre.”
“If we get an adequate supply of oxygen…700 tonnes, we will be able to set up 9,000-9,500 beds in Delhi. We will be able to create oxygen beds. I assure you that we will not let anyone die of a shortage of oxygen in Delhi,” Kejriwal added.  

The Oxygen crisis also impacted Goa where on 5 May patients were found posting on Social Media requesting Oxygen support at GMC.
“With Goa’s positivity rate the highest in India, the Sawant Sarkar must clarify how it plans to ensure Oxygen related issues don’t engulf Goa as well.” said Rahul Mhambre AAP Goa Convenor. “Washing his hands off the Oxygen scam by his health minister has not instilled confidence in the CM. He should clearly and transparently bring to the fore what steps are planned to shore up Goa’s oxygen supply by discussing it with the Centre and neighboring states.

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