Tribune News Service
New Delhi, April 25
Keeping in view the acute scarcity of life-saving fuel, the federal government on Sunday completely banned the use of “liquid oxygen” for industrial purposes, because the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in a communication to all of the states and the Union Territories, additionally made it clear that “no exception is allowed to any industry” with regard to use of the commodity.
In a letter to chief secretaries if the states and the UTs, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, within the capability of the chairman of the manager committee of the National Disaster Management Act (NDMA) stated, “All the authorities need to ensure that use of liquid oxygen is not allowed for any non-medical purpose and that all manufacturing units may maximise their production of liquid oxygen, and make it available to the Government for use for medical purposes only, with immediate effect and until further orders.”
He added that every one shares of liquid oxygen must also be made out there to the Government for use for medical purposes and “no exception is allowed to any industry with regard to use of liquid oxygen”.
Bhalla stated after reviewing the oxygen provide state of affairs within the nation it was thought-about mandatory to limit industrial utilization of oxygen for guaranteeing availability of enough and uninterrupted provide of medical oxygen throughout the nation for administration of COVID-19 sufferers and mandatory order on this regard was issued on April 22, 2021 to limit the use of industrial oxygen with an exception of 9 recognized industrial actions.
But now after a second evaluate of the oxygen provide state of affairs, it has been determined that with instant impact, “use of liquid oxygen, including the existing stock, will be allowed for medical purposes only”, Bhalla stated.