Punjab CM urges MPs to put pressure on Centre for providing O2, tankers, vaccines & drugs to fight COVID
Laments Centre’s stepmotherly treatment to Punjab on critical supplies, says Haryana getting more
MPs promise to use MPLAD Funds to set up Oxygen Generation Plants in Punjab govt Hospitals
Chandigarh, May 6, 2021:
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday urged Congress MPs from the state to pressurize the Centre to augment supplies of Oxygen, tankers, vaccines and vital medicines to help the state government effectively fight the deadly second wave of the pandemic.
Exhorting the MPs to push the Government of India to enhance the state’s quota of Oxygen and dispatch additional tankers on priority to enable lifting of the full allocated quota of 195 MT on daily basis, the Chief Minister said Punjab was being meted out step motherly treatment by the Centre in the matter of supplies needed urgently to battle Covid.
Pointing out the chief minister said that BJP-ruled neighboring Haryana had got a bigger Oxygen quota and more tankers than Punjab.
Expressing concern over the issue, the MPs, from both Houses, promised to utilize their MPLAD funds to set up Oxygen generation plants in government hospitals, to complement the state government’s efforts in tackling the exponential rise in patient load in Punjab, where a large number of patients are also coming from neighboring states for treatment. Besides shortage of Oxygen, tankers vaccines and medicines, the state was facing issues even on the ventilators front, since there was no BEL engineer to install 108 of the 809 ventilators received from the Government of India, said the Chief Minister.