Mamata sends a letter to PM, stating oxygen requirement


Kolkata, May 7 (UNI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying with the surge in Covid cases, Bengal’s oxygen requirement is going up and at such a time, the Centre is diverting its oxygen supply to other states.
Ms Banerjee wrote to Mr Modi that Bengal’s consumption of medical oxygen has gone up from 470 MT to 550 MT per day over the past week. 
“I wish to bring to your kind notice a very critical issue regarding supply of Medical Oxygen(MO) in the state of West Bengal,” the chief minister wrote in her letter. 
“In my earlier letter dated 05.05.2021 1 had mentioned that the consumption of MO is increasing rapidly due to increase in COVID positive cases in the State. It has gone up to 470MT per day in the last 24 hours and expected to increase to 550MT per day in next 7 to 8 days,” she wrote. 
“Chief Secretary of my state had already taken up the issue with Union Health Secretary, and other officials, on numerous occasions earlier for urgent allocation of 550 MT of MO per day for West Bengal,” Ms Banerjee said. 
“However, instead of allocating the same as per the requirement of West Bengal, Government of India has increased allocation of MO to other States, from the total production in West Bengal, during the last 10 days from 230M T to 360MT, keeping the allocation for West Bengal constant at 308 MT per day despite its requirement being of 550 MT per day,” the chief minister said. 
“It will not be out of place to mention that daily production of MO in our State is around 560MT,” she said. 
“Considering the critical situation, I would request you to kindly have the allocation of MO reviewed and instructions issued for an immediate allocation of at least 550 MT per day of MO preferably out of the total produced MO in West Bengal. It will help us in making necessary logistics arrangements and ensure a smooth supply of MO to all health facilities of the State. Any allocation of MO less than the requested amount, will not only adversely affect the supply of Medical Oxygen but may also result in loss of lives of the patients in the State,” the chief minister wrote. 
“I am looking forward to your kind intervention and cooperation in this regard urgently,” she added.