Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

Gehlot urges PM to supply O2, medicines as cases rise

CM says the Centre should acquire all tankers to supply oxygen to states

- HT Correspond­ent htraj@htlive@hindustant­imes.com

JAIPUR: Chief minister Ashok Ghelot on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allocate medicines and oxygen amid a rise in the number Covid-19 patients in Rajasthan.

Speaking to the Prime Minister, Gehlot said, “The way the Centre has acquired the oxygen plants in the country and is allotting oxygen to the states, in the same manner, the government of India should acquire all tankers, as without the tankers oxygen will not come to the states.”

The chief minister told the Prime Minister that as Rajasthan is reporting a rising number of Covid patients, the state should get the medicines and oxygen accordingl­y. “The people are suffering in Rajasthan,” he said.

Gehlot also spoke to Congress president Sonia Gandhi over the phone and informed her about the Covid situation in the state.

Rajasthan is among the top five states, which have maximum active Covid19 cases. The state has asked the Centre to allocate 150,000 Remdesivir and Tocilizuma­b injections from May 1.

The restrictio­ns imposed by the state government seem ineffectiv­e with Rajasthan reporting 100,000 new Covid19 cases in last 12 days and over 650 deaths after curfew was imposed across the state under the new guidelines.

On April 14, the state had increased the night curfew timings from at 6 pm till 5 am. The active cases then were over 49,000, which reached over 146,000 on April 26.

The state announced ‘Jan Anushahan Pakwada’ (Public Self-discipline fortnight) on April 19, under which offices, business houses and markets will remain closed till May 3. On April 23, the government imposed a few more restrictio­ns to regulate public movement -the Inter-district movement of private vehicles was restricted and the timings of shops and government offices were shortened.

Meanwhile, the group of three ministers reached Delhi on Tuesday to meet union ministers over the Covid crisi. They will be meeting health minister Harsh Vardhan, railway minister Piyush Goyal, road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari and other ministers and senior officials to ensure adequate supply of oxygen and medicines to the state.

The state government has allocated ₹ 2 crore to district collectors to purchase oxygen concentrat­ors. The state is also expanding the oxygen cylinder capacity in 22 places – the capacity will be increased to 100 cylinders at 22 places where the current capacity is of 35 cylinders.

Oxygen consumptio­n

Health minister Raghu Sharma said the consumptio­n of oxygen in the state has increased many times -- three months back it was about 6500 cylinders per day, which now has increased to 31,425 cylinders per day. He said the state government is doing its best to meet this unexpected demand.

He said due to the continuous increase in the number of Covid19 patients in the state, the medical oxygen cylinders are constantly increasing in emergency. Every effort is being made to meet this growing demand.

Health secretary Siddharth Mahajan said that state government has made efforts on a war footing to manage oxygen. In view of the emergency situation, oxygen tankers from Jamnagar (Gujarat) have been supplied through Air Lifting. Besides, a new plant has been installed in Alwar district with a capacity of producing 1000 cylinders per day in the state.

Mahajan informed that by next week, a capacity of 1200 cylinders per day is being started by Hindustan Zinc Ltd. in Dariba (Rajsamand).

Apart from this, production of 500 cylinders is going to start soon. He said that GPS systems have been installed in Oxygen Tackers to ensure timely oxygen supply and vehicles are being monitored from the State Control

Room.

Congress national general secretary Ajay Maken on Monday asked the organisati­on and Rajasthan government to work to save people from the current crisis arising out of the coronaviru­s pandemic.

Maken, who is the AICC in-charge of the state, was reviewing the work done by the state government and the party state unit in an online meeting to provide relief to people affected by the pandemic.

Maken said the Congress government in the state did a great job during the first wave of the pandemic. that had been praised by a body like the World Health Organisati­on (WHO) and the model here has been adopted in many places in the country and abroad.

 ?? HIMANSHU VYAS/ HT PHOTO ?? Police officials screen people moving outside despite Covid restrictio­ns, at Ajmeri Gate in Jaipur on Tuesday.
HIMANSHU VYAS/ HT PHOTO Police officials screen people moving outside despite Covid restrictio­ns, at Ajmeri Gate in Jaipur on Tuesday.

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