SC directs Centre to prepare buffer stock of oxygen for use in emergencies

SC directs Centre to prepare buffer stock of oxygen for use in emergencies

New Delhi, May 3

The Supreme Court has directed the Centre to prepare a buffer stock of oxygen for emergency functions in collaboration with states and decentralise the placement of the shares in order that it’s instantly out there if the traditional provide chain is disrupted.

A 3-judge bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud mentioned the emergency shares could be created throughout the subsequent 4 days and replenished on a day-to-day foundation, in addition to the prevailing allocation of medical oxygen provide to the states.

“We direct the central government in collaboration with the states to prepare a buffer stock of oxygen to be used for emergency purposes to ensure supply lines continue to function even in unforeseen circumstances. The location of the emergency stocks shall be decentralised so as to be immediately available if the normal supply chain is disrupted to any hospital for any reason,” the bench mentioned.

“The emergency stocks shall be created within the next four days. The replenishment of the emergency stocks will also be monitored on a real-time basis through the virtual control room in active consultation with each state/UT. This is in addition to the day-to-day allocations,” it added.

Noting that the state of affairs on the bottom in Delhi is heart-rending, the highest courtroom additionally directed the Centre to be sure that the deficit in the availability of oxygen to the nationwide capital is rectified earlier than May 3 midnight.

It mentioned lives of residents couldn’t be put in jeopardy in the battle of shifting duty of provide of oxygen. PTI


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