“Water has gone above the head. Enough is enough”: Delhi High Court pulls up Modi government on oxygen allocation

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The Delhi High Court on Saturday lashed out at the Centre’s Narendra Modi government for its questionable allocation of liquid oxygen to different states. The court said, “Water has gone above the head. Enough is enough.”

The court, according to Livelaw, strictly told the Modi government to ensure the supply of allocated 490 MT oxygen to Delhi today itself.

Addressing the central government’s lawyer, the court said, “But we are not asking for more than 490 MT. You have allocated it. Does it mean someday you will stop supply completely to Delhi? Should we close our eyes to people dying in Delhi? Who is asking for even a gram more?”

ASG Chetan Sharma asked the court for half an hour’s of time so that he could receive instructions from the central government.

The court refused to entertain the government’s plea to adjourn the matter till Monday.

Tens of thousands of people have been forced to die in the latest wave of the pandemic for the want of oxygen. Desperate Delhiites have been spending hours running from one place to the other with empty cylinders hoping to get hold of medical oxygen. Many have lost their lives since their relatives could not make arrangements for the much-needed oxygen.

It’s been several weeks since the pandemic began to wreak havoc in India, but the government has done very little to improve the situation on the ground.

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