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Covid-19: Delhi gets high per capita allocation of oxygen | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Union government on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that Delhi has got higher per capita oxygen allocation as compared to similarly placed other states and asserted that a uniform pan-India approach has to be adopted in disbursement of oxygen depending on the caseload.
Solicitor general Tushar Mehta informed a bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah that per capita allocation of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) to Delhi, that is allocation against number of active cases, is higher compared to any other similarly placed States.
“As against the active cases of 96,747 as on May 1, allocation to GNCT is 590 MT LMO, which translates to 60.98 litres per patient. The per capita allocation of States having high active caseload – Kerala (6.42), Tamil Nadu (18.74), Chhattisgarh (18.74), Haryana (25.07), Maharashtra (27.09), Andhra Pradesh (36.71), Telangana (53.29), is therefore, far less.”
The Centre in its affidavit before the SC on Wednesday said active cases in Delhi have begun to show a declining trend from 1,03,424 on April 28 to 92,290 on May 3. The dip in cases should also be factored while demands are made by the Delhi government.
The Centre presented the forecast for the requirement of LMO for various states, which mostly showed a higher trend. Maharashtra’s requirement on May 5 was 1,804 MT against 2,000 MT on April 30; UP 894 (800); Karnataka 865 (111); Gujarat 975 (1200); Delhi 590 (490); Punjab 257 (82); Kerala 208 (104); Tamil Nadu 404 (465); Madhya Pradesh 649 (700); Rajasthan 380 (124); Chhattisgarh 227 (382); Haryana 257 (180). It also projected demands for other states as on May 5 – Telangana 480 MT; West Bengal 308; Bihar 214 and Uttarakhand 123.
The Centre said, “allocation is a zero-sum game: any change in increasing the supply of one state would have a cascading impact on others wherein, like Delhi, the need of oxygen is rising sharply. Therefore, the need for oxygen is to be balanced, optimised and judiciously distributed at a national level, with a national outlook.”
It said no other state has complained about allocated quantity falling short of the requirement, except Delhi where the problem appears to be systemic problem in the last mile delivery. The Centre said, “It is critical to note that 17 Additional tankers/ISO containers have also been allotted for use in Delhi with a total capacity of 331 MTs LMO. Over and above the same, the Air Force also provided 31 sorties between April 26 to May 4 for Delhi, where 20 oxygen tankers were lifted with a total capacity of 457 MTs LMO.”

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