Chandigarh Haryana Minister Anil VJ on Wednesday alleged that the Delhi government had “looted” a tanker carrying medical oxygen for COVID patients at a hospital in Faridabad from Panipath and said all oxygen tankers would now operate with police escorts.
Biz added that in view of the growing demand for oxygen due to the increase in coronavirus cases, Haryana can save supply for others only after the state meets its own demand.
Speaking to reporters, the Health and Home Minister referred to the tanker, saying, “Yesterday, one of our oxygen tankers was leaving the waterway to deliver it to a hospital in Faridabad. When it was passing by Delhi, the tanker was looted by the Delhi government which is very wrong. ‘
“If governments engage in such activities, it will lead to chaos,” he said.
Biz said he has now instructed that all oxygen tankers move with police escorts to prevent such incidents in the future.
“However, it is highly reprehensible to extract gas from a tanker in this manner,” he said.
“We will send a letter to government officials in Delhi about the incident,” he said.
He further claimed that pressure was being exerted on the state to provide medical oxygen to Delhi. Faridabad in Haryana is adjacent to the national capital.
The minister said the two neighboring states from which Haryana used to supply oxygen have now stopped it to meet their own needs.
“We also used to get supplies from Buddy in Himachal Pradesh and Vwadi in Rajasthan, but the governments there have now cut off supplies.”
” At our plant in Haryana, I have deployed officers and police because we want to meet our needs first. We are being pressured that we should deliver in Delhi. We have no problem doing that if there is extra supply, but our first priority is Haryana, ”Biz said.
Biz said the epidemic is global, everyone needs to join hands to fight it, but the state must first meet its own needs.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday requested the Center to “hand over” medical supplies to Delhi, and his aide Manish Sisodia said there would be chaos in the city if stocks were not replenished on Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, on remediation, Biz said there are two depots for selling antiviral drugs and strict surveillance is being carried out so that no one engages in its black marketing due to increased demand.
” We have deployed officers from the Department of Medicine there and every dew movement is being recorded. All chemists have been asked to keep a record of the sale of Remedivi to anyone who notes the Aadhaar card number, ”he said.
There has been a sharp rise in Haryana coronavirus cases in the last three weeks.
On Tuesday, the state recorded 611 new cases of COVD-19, its largest single-day spike to date, and 35 more viral infections.