Delhi HC slams GoI over COVID crisis, says ‘first priority is to save lives’

New Delhi: Amid the steep rise in COVID cases in India, Delhi High Court on Tuesday slammed the Government of India (GoI)  over COVID crisis in the country saying “people will have blood on their hands” if medicines and resources are diverted without application of mind.

“We will be doomed,” a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said with regard to any non-application of mind in allocation and diversion of resources and medicines, Times of India reported.

The high court raised questions over GoI’s decision to ban the use of oxygen for industrial purposes with effect from April 22 and said “why wait till April 22 to ban the use of oxygen by industries? Why not immediately? People need oxygen now.”

“If nothing done to augment oxygen supply, the country will head for bigger disaster; first priority has to be to save lives,” HC said.

GoI informed Delhi high court that in order to ensure a continuous supply of oxygen for medical purposes the use of oxygen for industrial purposes has been banned except for certain critical industries with effect from April 22.

The court also expressed displeasure over the “huge wastage” of vaccines and asked the GoI to vaccinate whomsoever it can to ensure there is no wastage.

“This is a huge wastage. Give it to those who want it. Whomsoever you can vaccinate, please vaccinate. Whether 16 year old or 60 year old, all need vaccination. The pandemic does not discriminate,” the court said.

“We hope GoI is applying its mind based on the need of each state when deciding where to send medicines and resources,” it added.

The court asked the GoI to act against people who are hoarding medicines and come out with some norms.


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