NEW DELHI: The Centre lately advised parliamentarians in Rajya Sabha that no deaths because of oxygen scarcity have been reported by states and UTs through the second COVID-19 wave.
Talking in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Well being Bharti Pravin Pawar had mentioned that no deaths because of lack of oxygen have been particularly reported by states and UTs through the second wave of COVID-19.
In a written reply in Rajya Sabha, the Minister mentioned that well being is a state topic and states and UTs repeatedly report the variety of instances and deaths to the Centre. “Detailed tips for reporting of deaths have been issued by the Union Well being Ministry to all states and UTs. Accordingly, all states and UTs report instances and deaths to the Union Well being Ministry frequently. Nevertheless, no deaths because of lack of oxygen have been particularly reported by states and UTs,” Pawar mentioned.
The Minister, nonetheless, admitted that there was an unprecedented surge in demand for medical oxygen through the second wave and it peaked at practically 9,000 MT in comparison with 3,095 MT within the first wave following which the Centre needed to step in to facilitate equitable distribution among the many states.
Nevertheless, Centre’s ‘no dying because of oxygen scarcity’ comment has now snowballed into a giant political controversy.
Right here’s all that has occurred thus far over the difficulty
1. AICC Common Secretary and Rajya Sabha MP KC Venugopal accused MoS Well being of getting “misled” the home and mentioned that he’ll transfer a privilege movement in opposition to the minister.
2. Opposition events stepped up the assault on the Centre over its assertion that no deaths because of oxygen scarcity have been reported by states and UTs through the second COVID-19 wave. They alleged that the Centre was making an attempt to cover its errors by “mendacity” and deceptive the nation. The ruling BJP accused the opposition of doing politics on the difficulty and identified their very own governments in states didn’t report such fatalities.
3. Amid the row, Maharashtra, the place the Congress, Shiv Sena and the NCP are in energy, and BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat maintained that there have been no deaths because of oxygen scarcity in these states.
4. Delhi’s Well being Minister and AAP chief Satyendar Jain mentioned there have been many such fatalities within the nationwide capital and different locations throughout the nation. “It’s utterly false and flawed to say that nobody died because of oxygen scarcity… The Centre is rubbing salt into the injuries of those that have misplaced their family members. Tomorrow, they may say there have been no deaths because of COVID-19,” Jain mentioned. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia additionally charged the Centre with making an attempt to “conceal its faults” and alleged that its “mismanagement” and alter in oxygen distribution coverage after April 13 brought on the scarcity of oxygen within the hospitals throughout the nation, resulting in a “catastrophe”.
5. Congress chief Priyanka Gandhi Vadra additionally alleged that the fatalities occurred as a result of the federal government elevated oxygen exports within the pandemic yr and didn’t organize tankers to move it. “‘No dying because of lack of oxygen’: Central Authorities. The deaths occurred as a result of — within the pandemic yr, the federal government elevated oxygen exports by about 700 %,” she tweeted.
6. Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut mentioned individuals whose family died because of oxygen scarcity through the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic ought to “take the Union authorities to court docket”. “Many individuals have died because of oxygen scarcity in a number of states. These whose family (COVID-19 sufferers) died because of oxygen scarcity ought to take the Union authorities to court docket,’’ Raut mentioned. “The Union authorities is operating away from the reality. It appears it’s the impact of Pegasus (Israeli spyware and adware),’’ the Rajya Sabha member mentioned sarcastically, referring to the phone-tapping allegations.
7. Nevertheless, the Maharashtra authorities, of which Shiv Sena is part, mentioned the state by no means reported any dying because of a scarcity of oxygen through the second wave of COVID-19. “We by no means mentioned individuals died because of oxygen scarcity within the state. Lots of them had points like co-morbidities and different diseases. No dying has taken place because of the scarcity of oxygen,’’ state Well being Minister Rajesh Tope advised reporters whereas replying to a question.
8. Madhya Pradesh Well being Minister Prabhuram Choudhary too mentioned that there was no dying on account of a scarcity of medical oxygen within the BJP-ruled state. “There was no dying because of scarcity of oxygen. It’s true that there have been issues with the provision of oxygen, however the state authorities ensured provide,” he advised reporters.
9. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani additionally mentioned there was no such dying within the state.
10. Countering the opposition’s allegations, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra famous that the central authorities’s reply was based mostly on the figures supplied by states and UTs as well being is a state topic. No state despatched any information about sufferers dying because of oxygen scarcity, he asserted and accused opposition leaders, together with former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Aam Aadmi Occasion chief Arvind Kejriwal, of doing politics on the matter.