The demand for oxygen in Gujarat has considerably gone up in the past few weeks owing to the massive surge in COVID-19 cases and the state government has urged oxygen supply companies to reserve the majority of the stock for medical use.
However, the trouble for common people amid the pandemic has increased after these companies increased the price of oxygen cylinders.
Congress MLA demands govt’s intervention
Congress MLA from Dariyapur Assembly seat, Gyasuddin Shaikh, has demanded that the government should make arrangements to keep oxygen cylinders at the base price keeping in mind the need for oxygen amid the pandemic.
There are reports of lack of oxygen in COVID hospitals. Earlier the price of oxygen cylinder was around Rs 160 to Rs 170, but now it has been increased by the companies to Rs 285. Not only this, but GST will also have to be paid on this price due to which the price of oxygen cylinder increases to Rs 316.
Therefore, the government should take adequate measures to keep prices under check, Shaikh said.
Earlier, an important decision was taken in the meeting of the core committee chaired by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel. The CM has urged companies to reserve 60 per cent of the oxygen stock for COVID-19 patients so that they do not have to face any difficulty.
Apart from this, it has been also instructed to start 500-bed COVID Care Centres in 8 cities of the state.
COVID-19 status in Gujarat
COVID-19 cases in Gujarat continued to scale new heights as it recorded 3,280 new infections in the last 24 hours while 2,167 patients were discharged. Seventeen deaths due to the disease were recorded during the same period.
Seven deaths each were reported from Surat and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation limits. Two fatalities were in Rajkot Municipal Corporation and one in Vadodara Municipal Corporation.
The state at present has 17,348 active cases of which 171 are on ventilators. So far, the state has discharged 3,02,932 patients while the fatality stands at 4,598.
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