Kejriwal Thanks CM Naveen Patnaik for Supplying Oxygen to Delhi
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced that the Delhi government is making efforts to airlift its enhanced quota of oxygen supply from Odisha. He appreciated the contribution of Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik in supplying oxygen to Delhi. The national capital is currently facing a shortage of oxygen supply to treat Covid-19 patients.
Kejriwal took to Twitter to thank Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, saying, “Received a call from Shri Naveen Patnaik Ji. He has assured complete support to Delhi in facilitating the lifting of Delhi’s quota of oxygen from Orissa. He has put a special officer on the job. Thank you so much, sir. Delhi is indeed grateful”.
Further, Kejriwal appreciated the Centre and the High Court for their efforts towards increasing Delhi’s oxygen allowance for treating Covid-19 patients. He mentioned that Delhi had an everyday quota of 378 MT of medical oxygen that has been increased to 480 MT. However, according to estimates, the national capital needs 700 MT of oxygen daily.
“Delhi received its quota of oxygen as fixed by the Centre from other states, but some states stopped trucks headed to the national capital. This is not fair. This is a huge calamity and we need to fight it unitedly. If we are divided, India will not survive,” Kejriwal said.
A significant amount of the newly allocated quota of oxygen to Delhi comes from Odisha, which is hundreds of kilometres away. To quicken the process of procurement, the Delhi government is preparing to airlift the supplies.
Patnaik, after offering his help to Delhi had a discussion with PM Modi regarding the Covid-19 situation. During the discussion, Patnaik assured Modi that he would help the nation in this war-like situation in every way possible.
“CM Naveen Patnaik spoke to PM Narendra Modi over the phone & discussed the Covid-19 situation in the country. CM said it is a war-like situation & Odisha will extend all cooperation at the national level including ramping up oxygen production to assist other states in this emergency,” read a tweet by the Office of the Chief Minister (Odisha).