Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal, during his interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the COVID situation in Delhi via video conference here on Friday, urged the use of the army to transport vehicles carrying supplies of oxygen systems to various cities, including the state capital.
The Prime Minister thanked the Prime Minister for increasing the oxygen supply quota for Delhi to 480 tons and complained that only 350 tons of that quota could reach Delhi in the last 24 hours.
“Sir, my phone has kept ringing since the oxygen crisis began. One or the other hospital calls to tell us that they are only receiving oxygen for a few hours. If we ask why, we are told that supplies across the border have been stopped by one or the other state government, ”he said.
“The citizens of this country have the right to all of its resources. If there is no oxygen plant in Delhi, do the two Crore people have no right to an oxygen supply at all? Can states with oxygen factories prevent Delhi from being reached? ” he said.
When the oxygen supply in the city hospitals decreased miserably and the lives of the patients were endangered, the Prime Minister asked who he could ask for help.
Circumstances, said Mr Kejriwal, have gotten very bad and citizens need to be reassured that every life is important to governments rather than dying. “I appeal to you on behalf of the people of Delhi and I will hand this in if it is strict. However, no constructive steps will be taken in this regard as a great tragedy may occur,” he said.
“There are only a few countries from which a significant part of our oxygen supply comes. I ask you to call the respective prime ministers and ask them not to stop the supply destined for Delhi, ”he also said.
The situation in the city hospitals worsened day by day due to a lack of oxygen supply, said Kejriwal. A “national plan” to combat the pandemic must be implemented.
Mr. Kejriwal suggested that the center take over oxygen facilities across the country and combat units escort vehicles to carry supplies to their destinations. If that were done, no one would be able to stop such a vehicle, he said
“I also request that 100 tons of oxygen allocated to Delhi by Odisha be carried by air or brought by Oxygen Express [train]. If possible, please help us bring oxygen from West Bengal in a similar way, ”he said.
“We are calling for a corridor to Delhi for 100 tons of oxygen destined for the city … There should also be ‘One Nation, One Rate’ for vaccines,” he said.