No restrictions on the movement of oxygen, the Command Center among the states

The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic put severe constraints on oxygen supply.

New Delhi:

Against the background of a stiff confrontation between different states regarding the supply of medical oxygen, the Center said today that there will be no restrictions on the movement of goods and that the supply cannot be limited to a certain state. It also banned the supply of oxygen for industrial purposes until new orders were issued.

Following the Delhi government’s complaint about Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to stop the supply of oxygen amid a second stealthy wave of COVID-19 and severely depleted stocks, the Union’s Interior Ministry today issued an order allowing free movement between -state of vehicles carrying oxygen. .

“No restrictions shall be imposed on producers and suppliers of oxygen to limit the supply of oxygen only to hospitals in the State or territory of the Union in which they are located,” the order stated.

“The supply of oxygen for industrial purposes, with the exception of those exempted by the government, is banned from April 22, 2021 until further orders,” he said.

The order of the Ministry of Interior of the Union is based on the premise that the guidelines previously issued under the Law on Disaster Management for the effective control of COVID-19 do not impose restrictions on the inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods.

In recent weeks, the second wave of COVID-19 has had a devastating effect across the country – on Thursday, India reported 3,14,835 new infections, the highest daily figure in the world and recorded 2,104 deaths in 24 hours.

This has led to medical resources such as oxygen, beds and ventilators being consumed severely. Some of the largest hospitals in Delhi, for example, have managed in recent days with just a few hours worth of oxygen, putting pressure on suppliers and manufacturers.

This has also led to states such as Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh accusing each other of blocking supplies and redirecting supplies to hospitals and medical facilities in their jurisdiction.