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Priyanka Gandhi Slams Centre Over ‘No Oxygen Deaths’ Statement

“No initiative was shown in setting up oxygen plants in hospitals,” Priyanka Gandhi mentioned. (File)

New Delhi:

Congress chief Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday attacked the Centre over its assertion that there have been no deaths because of lack of oxygen through the Covid second wave, alleging that the fatalities occurred as a result of the federal government elevated oxygen exports within the pandemic 12 months and didn’t organize tankers to move it.

The Centre on Tuesday advised the Rajya Sabha that no deaths because of lack of oxygen have been “specifically reported” by states and union territories through the second COVID-19 wave that hit the nation.

Hitting out on the authorities, Priyanka Gandhi mentioned, “”No dying because of lack of oxygen”: Central Government. The deaths occurred as a result of — within the pandemic 12 months, the federal government elevated oxygen exports by about 700 per cent.”

The Congress basic secretary alleged that the deaths occurred as a result of the federal government didn’t organize tankers to move oxygen and ignoring the recommendation of the empowered group and a parliamentary committee, no association was made to offer oxygen.

“No initiative was shown in setting up oxygen plants in hospitals,” she mentioned.

The Congress on Tuesday accused Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar of deceptive Parliament by giving “false data” that there have been no deaths because of lack of oxygen through the second wave.

In a written reply to a query, Pawar had mentioned, “Detailed pointers for reporting of deaths have been issued by the Union Health Ministry to all states and UTs. Accordingly, all states and UTs report circumstances and deaths to the Union Health Ministry frequently. However, no deaths because of lack of oxygen have been particularly reported by states and UTs”. 

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