States, UTs asked to provide adequate security to oxygen carrying vehicles: MHA

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States, UTs asked to provide adequate security to oxygen carrying vehicles: MHA

Mukesh Ranjan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 23

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday mentioned it has written to all of the states and Union Territories (UTs) to guarantee adequate security to oxygen transporting automobiles and to make provisions for unique corridors for the transportation of life saving fuel.

The communication to the states and the UTs from the MHA went after a high-level evaluation assembly chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who directed the officers to take varied measures to increase the provision of oxygen for medical functions.

“Accordingly, an expert group is optimising and rationalising the allocation of oxygen to various states and UTs, keeping in view the active cases and to reduce time for movement of medical oxygen,” the MHA mentioned in an official assertion.

It mentioned the MHA had issued an order on April 22, 2021, beneath the Disaster Management Act, 2005, directing the state/UTS to take varied measures to guarantee uninterrupted provide of medical oxygen throughout the nation.

“The MHA has today again written to all states and UTs to ensure compliance with the order and to provide adequate security to oxygen transporting vehicles and to make provisions for exclusive corridors for such transportation, treating these vehicles like ambulances,” the official assertion learn.

It mentioned the Central authorities has already prohibited provide of oxygen for industrial functions, besides these for few important sectors by an order on April 18, 2021, which resulted in important augmentation of provide of medical oxygen.

“Steps are being taken to further reduce consumption of industrial oxygen by industries, which will augment the supply of oxygen for medical purpose,” it added.

“MHA has further written to states/UTs, to direct District Collectors/Deputy Commissioners to list all the plants situated in their districts, in which different types of oxygen is generated, along with the installed capacity. They should also take action to revive those plants, which are lying closed. These efforts will ensure ready availability of oxygen at the district level, besides supply of medical oxygen from usual channels,” the assertion learn.

The MHA and the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare are in common contact with the states and UTs for selling optimum use of medical oxygen and undertake periodic audits to guarantee there isn’t any wastage of medical oxygen and important medicines, it mentioned.

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