Centre Submits 200-Page Affidavit On National COVID Plan To Supreme Court

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New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday submitted its national plan for COVID-19 preparedness to the Supreme Court. It has details of the Central government’s plan for the distribution of essential supplies and services during the pandemic.

The national COVID plan, however, does not include microscopic details about the day-to-day management of the issues arising out of different disasters, the Centre said.

It may be recalled, the taking suo moto cognizance of the issues arising out of the COVID-19 outbreak in India, the Supreme Court had directed the Centre to submit a national Covid plan listing details of its plans for production and distribution of oxygen, essential drugs, health care infrastructure and vaccines, India Today reported.

What does the affidavit say?

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah are constantly working to scale up the production and distribution of oxygen in the country.
  • Steps such as giving industrial oxygen production plants license to produce medical-grade liquid oxygen are being taken. The availability of oxygen tankers is also being increased.
  • Oxygen requirements in several states have increased much faster than forecast.

“The sheer magnitude of this unprecedented surge itself brings with it certain inbuilt limitations in terms of available resources which need to be professionally augmented and utilised,” the affidavit said.

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