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Delhi HC issues notice to Centre, GNCTD, others on death of man due to lack of Oxygen

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New Delhi, Jun 15 (ILNS) The Delhi High Court has issued notice to the Delhi Government, the Union of India, the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and the Lieutenant Governor, in a petition filed by two minor siblings, whose father succumbed to COVID-19 at Jaipur Golden Hospital, on account of lack of Oxygen.

A Single-Judge Bench of Justice Amit Bansal recently passed the order on a Writ Petition filed by Advocates Bharat Malhotra and Sidhhant Sethi.

The plea sought direction to the Union of India and the Government of National Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) to announce and expeditiously implement the schemes of grant of compensation, which reportedly have been proposed for the victims’ families, who lost their life to COVID-19 or lack of oxygen.

The application further sought direction for expeditious implementation of schemes for children like the petitioners, who are students of private schools, so that their education is obstructed or hindered due to non-payment of fees or other similar reasons. Justice Bansal fixed the date of hearing on July 29.

The plea placed on record the statement of DK Baluja, Medical Director of Jaipur Golden Hospital, stating “As many as 20 patients died on Friday night and more than 200 lives are currently at stake due to lack of oxygen at Delhi’s Jaipur Golden Hospital in Rohini.”

The plea averred, seeking an expeditious implementation of the various schemes that have been floated by the Union of India and the Government of NCT of Delhi for the victims who lost their breadwinner of the family due to the second wave of Covid-19 or lack of oxygen, thereof. Consequently, the compensation most likely to include the Monthly Sustenance Allowance to Bereaved Sole Earning Single Parent and to Provide Free Education to their Children’s and Monthly Stipend to the families.

The plea further averred and highlighted the mismanagement on behalf of the Jaipur Golden Hospital, stating that the petitioners learnt about the shortage of oxygen in few Hospitals through media reports and the hospital made no prior intimation or communications to the petitioners, which if perhaps was done timely, then they could have made an alternative arrangement.

The plea sought to initiate appropriate action/proceedings, including granting of damages against the hospital, as warranted under law.

The petitioners said they were traumatised with the untimely death of their father and as well as their grandmother, who left for her heavenly abode the very next day after the demise of their father. The siblings are now left behind with their mother and grandfather, who is a senior citizen. The family has no source of income at present and are now in acute financial crisis, added the plea. ILNS/ALZ/RJ

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