New Delhi, Apr 22 (ILNS): The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued an order under the NDMA Act to ensure uninterrupted supply of oxygen. This was pointed out to the Delhi High Court today by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.
The following is the text of that order:
Now, therefore, to ensure the uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen across the country for management of Covid-19 patients, in exercise of powers conferred under section 10(2)(1) of the DM Act, the undersigned, in the capacity as Chairperson, National Executive Committee, hereby directs the State/Union Territory Governments and State/Union Territory Authorities to ensure the following measures within their areas of jurisdiction.
(i) No restriction shall be imposed on the movement of Medical Oxygen between the states and transport authorities shall be instructed to accordingly allow free inter-state movement of oxygen carrying vehicles;
(ii) No restrictions shall be imposed on oxygen manufacturers and suppliers to limit to oxygen supplies only to the hospitals of the state/UT in which they are located;
(iii) There shall be free movement of oxygen carrying vehicles into the cities, without any restriction of timings, wh9ile also enabling the inter city supply without any restriction;
(iv) No authority shall attach the oxygen carrying vehicles passing through the district or areas for making supplies specific to any particular district(s) or area;
(v) Supply of oxygen for industrial purposes, except those exempted by the government, is prohibited w.e.f April 22, 2021 and till further orders;
(vi) States/UTs shall strictly abide by the supply plan of medical oxygen prepared by EG-II and as revised from time to time;
(vii) The District Magistrates/Deputy Commissioners and Senior Superintendents of Police/ Superintendents of Police/Deputy Commissioners of Police will be personally liable for implementation of the above directions