Oppn Slams Centre over ‘No Deaths On account of Oxygen Scarcity’ Assertion

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Leaders of opposition events led by the Aam Aadmi Celebration and the Congress on Wednesday lashed out on the Centre over its assertion that there have been no deaths attributable to lack of oxygen throughout the Covid second wave.

In an internet press briefing, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia accused the Centre of “shamelessly telling white lies in Parliament” and mentioned that there was utter chaos attributable to oxygen scarcity after April 15 until Might 5.

Sisodia additionally charged the Centre with attempting to “disguise its fault” and alleged that its “mismanagement” and alter in oxygen distribution coverage after April 13 brought on scarcity of life-saving fuel within the hospitals throughout the nation, resulting in a “catastrophe”.

All deaths reportedly brought on attributable to scarcity of oxygen throughout second wave of COVID-19 within the metropolis shall be probed if the Centre permits the Delhi authorities to type a panel, the AAP chief mentioned.

In the meantime, Congress chief Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday took on the Modi authorities over its “no deaths attributable to scarcity of oxygen” response in Rajya Sabha and alleged that the fatalities occurred as a result of the federal government elevated oxygen exports within the pandemic yr and didn’t organize tankers to move it.

Hitting out on the authorities, Priyanka Gandhi mentioned, “The deaths occurred as a result of — within the pandemic yr, the federal government elevated oxygen exports by about 700 per cent.”

The Congress common secretary alleged that the deaths occurred as a result of the federal government didn’t organize tankers to move oxygen and ignoring the recommendation of the empowered group and a parliamentary committee, no association was made to supply oxygen. “No initiative was proven in establishing oxygen vegetation in hospitals,” she mentioned.

The Congress on Tuesday accused Minister of State for Well being Bharati Pravin Pawar of deceptive Parliament by giving “false data” that there have been no deaths attributable to lack of oxygen throughout the second wave. In a written reply to a query, Pawar had mentioned, “Detailed tips for reporting of deaths have been issued by the Union Well being Ministry to all states and UTs. Accordingly, all states and UTs report instances and deaths to the Union Well being Ministry regularly. Nevertheless, no deaths attributable to lack of oxygen have been particularly reported by states and UTs”.

In a pointy response, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut mentioned individuals whose family died attributable to oxygen scarcity throughout the second wave of COVID19 pandemic ought to “take the Union authorities to court docket”.

Reacting to it, Raut mentioned, Many individuals have died attributable to oxygen scarcity in a number of states.These whose family (COVID-19 sufferers) died attributable to oxygen scarcity ought to take the Union authorities to court docket.”

“The Union authorities is operating away from the reality. I appears it’s the impact of Pegasus (Israeli spy ware), the Rajya Sabha member mentioned sarcastically whereas speaking to reporters. The Sena’s chief spokesperson additional mentioned it must be discovered whether or not the individuals whose family died attributable to lack of oxygen provide consider within the Centre’s response in Parliament over the difficulty.

Alternatively, Delhi Well being Minister Satyendar Jain mentioned there have been many deaths attributable to oxygen scarcity in Delhi and plenty of different locations throughout the nation. “If there was no scarcity of oxygen, why did hospitals transfer court docket? Hospitals and the media had been flagging oxygen scarcity points day by day. Tv channels confirmed that how hospitals have been operating out of the lifesaving fuel. It’s fully false to say that nobody died attributable to oxygen scarcity. There have been many deaths attributable to oxygen scarcity in Delhi and plenty of different locations throughout the nation,” he mentioned.

Sisodia mentioned the Kejriwal authorities, by taking accountability, tried to type a committee to audit all of the deaths that occurred reportedly attributable to oxygen scarcity however the Centre prevented it by the LG. He claimed that the Centre didn’t enable formation of the committee “fearing its mismanagement shall be uncovered”.

The Kejriwal authorities continues to be prepared for an impartial audit of every loss of life attributable to oxygen scarcity if the Centre permits it to type the committee, he added. The central authorities on Tuesday knowledgeable the Rajya Sabha that no deaths attributable to lack of oxygen have been particularly reported by states and UTs throughout the second COVID-19 wave.

However there was an unprecedented surge in demand for medical oxygen throughout the second wave and it peaked at practically 9,000 MT in comparison with 3,095 MT within the first wave following which the Centre needed to step in to facilitate equitable distribution among the many states, it mentioned.

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