The oxygen crisis continues in many hospitals in the country’s capital, Delhi. On Saturday, some 12 people, including a doctor, died due to lack of oxygen at Batra Hospital in South Delhi. At the same time, now a day after the posting of the Chief Secretary as the Staff Officer, Senior IAS and Commissioner of Sales and Tax Department Ankur Garg held a meeting to deal with the lack of oxygen in Delhi. He also sought suggestions from the authorities to overcome the oxygen shortage.
On the other hand, the Ministry of Home Affairs is also in touch with Delhi Government officials to ensure supply of oxygen. The meeting was informed that the Delhi government has formed a team of seven IAS officers to deal with the emergency situation and ensure the flow of oxygen to all hospitals and institutes. The central government has taken additional resources and steps and an officer of the level of Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has been appointed as the nodal officer for oxygen supply in Delhi.
In addition, the designated officials of the Air Force, Ministry of Railways and Union Ministry were involved in the meeting to resolve the issue of oxygen crisis in the national capital. As per the orders of the High Court, to ensure smooth supply of oxygen in Delhi, a Delhi government official has been installed at an oxygen plant in Faridabad. These officials will ensure that there is no obstruction in the supply of oxygen. Eleven DMs have been empowered to ensure the distribution of oxygen cylinders in their respective districts.