Amid sharp rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, Delhi as well as many other states in the country have been clamouring for one thing over past few weeks. Oxygen. In fact, the crisis doesn’t seem to end soon and the unavailability of oxygen in hospitals is creating a situation of emergency turning everything into a grim tale.
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued a show-cause notice to the Centre for not supplying the required oxygen to the national capital as per the Supreme Court order. Looking at the inadequate supply of oxygen supply to Delhi, the court remarked that IITs and IIMs would do a better job if the Central government hand over the management of oxygen tankers to them.
The court suggested the government that they should consider involving experts and brilliant minds from IITs and IIMs to tackle the oxygen crisis that the country facing right now. The High Court bench also recommended the Centre to decentralise the delivery patterns and said that the government should handover the management of oxygen cylinders to IITs and IIMs in order to curb the shortage of the life-saving gas. With this, the court also pressed on the need to deploy the Indian Army to handle the COVID crisis.
Why contempt action should not be initiated against Centre: Delhi HC
The Delhi High Court while issuing a show-cause notice to the Centre also asked the government to explain why the court should not initiate contempt proceedings against it for not complying with judicial orders of providing adequate oxygen supply to the national capital.
“The whole country is crying for oxygen. The Centre must supply 700 metric tonnes of oxygen to Delhi. If Central government couldn’t undertake this exercise, they will be in contempt,” said the bench of Delhi High Court.