SC asks Centre for oxygen plan, method of vaccination

New Delhi/April,22: The Supreme Court asked to see a “national plan” on oxygen supply, essential drugs and method of vaccination and issued notice to the Centre on a day India recorded the world’s biggest surge in Covid cases – 3.14 lakh cases and over 2,000 deaths in a day. “We want to see the national plan on this issue,” said Chief Justice of India S A Bobde. The Supreme Court has stepped into the case at a time six High Courts across the country are hearing related petitions involving the crisis of oxygen, beds and the anti-viral drug Remdesivir in hospitals.

“We want to know. In regard to the four issues of supply of oxygen, supply of essential drugs, method and manner of vaccination and we want to keep the power to declare lockout with the states,” said the Chief Justice. Comments “We wish to take suo motu cognisance of certain issues we find six High Courts – Delhi, Bombay, Sikkim Madhya Pradesh, Calcutta and Allahabad. Now they are exercising their jurisdiction in best interest. But what is happening is some kind of confusion and diversion of resources.”

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