SC asks Centre’s report over recommendations of task force on oxygen allocation in 2 weeks

The top court said that it is imperative for Centre to take steps to ensure that the recommendations of NTF are implemented at the policy level.

Relatives of Covid patients wait to refill cylinders with medical oxygen, in Gurugram on 25 April 2021 | PTI | Representational image
Relatives of Covid patients wait to refill cylinders with medical oxygen in Gurugram (file photo) | PTI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday asked the Centre to submit the action taken report within two weeks on the recommendations of court-appointed National Task Force (NTF) on the allocation of oxygen to states and Union Territories amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The top court said that since the NTF consists of senior doctors and experts from all over the country, it is imperative for the Centre to take steps to ensure that recommendations are duly implemented at the policy level to meet any exigencies in the present and foreseeable future.

A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah posted the matter for further hearing after two weeks and listed it along with the suo motu matter on COVID preparedness.

The top court noted that the final NTF report has been submitted and an interim report of the sub-committee on evaluation of oxygen requirement of national capital has been filed.

The top court was hearing a plea filed by the Centre against the Delhi High Court order initiating contempt proceedings against central government officials for non-compliance of the direction to supply 700 MT of medical grade oxygen for COVID-19 patients in the national capital.

On May 5, the top court had stayed the contempt proceedings before the High Court.

On Jun 22, the NTF had recommended that the country should have strategic reserves of the life-saving gas for 2-3 weeks of consumption on the lines of the arrangements made for petroleum products.


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