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Modi govt met 93% of UP govt’s oxygen demand. But Delhi got only 54% of what it asked for

According to data provided by the Centre in an affidavit filed in the SC, Delhi had revised its oxygen requirement by over 133%, while UP’s demand increased by 100%.

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New Delhi: The Arvind Kejriwal-led government in Delhi and Yogi Adityanath’s government in Uttar Pradesh had under-estimated their respective daily oxygen needs during a mapping exercise held with the central government at the beginning of this month.

However, while the Centre allocated nearly 93 per cent of the UP govt’s revised requirements for oxygen, Delhi got just 54 per cent of what it had asked for.

According to data provided by the Centre in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court Thursday, Delhi had revised its estimate by over 133 per cent, while UP’s demand surged by 100 per cent within a few days.

In the 200-page affidavit, the Centre said ‘to assure that states were supplied oxygen over the next few weeks of surge in cases, an exercise for mapping of sources of supplies to the medical oxygen demand of the critically-affected states was undertaken jointly by the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MOHFW), Ministry of Steel, various critically affected states, Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) along with key stakeholders including the representatives from major oxygen manufacturers, All India Industrial Gas Manufacturers Association (AIIGMA).”

The requirements of states have been mapped according to their respective required quantity and sources of oxygen, the Centre said.

Delhi, UP government oxygen projection

During the mapping conducted through video conference meetings between 11 April to 14 April, the states were requested to indicate their projections for requirement for medical oxygen based on expected active case load by duly factoring in the guidelines issued by the health ministry.

The Delhi government projected that it would need 300 metric tonnes (MT) of oxygen daily by 20 April, 349 MT by 25 April, and 445 MT by 30 April.

Similarly, the UP government projected the need for 400 MT, 650 MT and 800 MT by 20, 25 and 30 April, respectively.

Other states also made their projections (see graph below).

Graphic: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

According to these projections, the Centre stated that a mapping of supplying a total of 4880 MT, 5619 MT and 6593 MT were made for 20, 25 and 30 April.

However, both Delhi and UP later revised their estimates by 133 per cent and 100 per cent respectively, as Covid cases surged.

Graphic: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint
Graphic: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Rajasthan too had to revise its needs by a little over 17 per cent.

Graphic: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Additionally, the governments of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Uttarakhand also requested the Centre to allocate 350 MT, 400 MT and 75 MT for their states respectively for 20 April.

As a result, the total oxygen needs for the worst-affected states were revised by over 33 per cent.

Oxygen allocation to states

The data provided by the Centre also shows that it failed to allocate oxygen to the required states despite the demand placed by them.

Graphic: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

In a letter dated 18 April, included in the affidavit, Delhi was allocated 378 MT of oxygen — just a little over half of its projected requirement.

For UP, the Centre allocated 751 MT — 93 per cent of the revised requirement.

Graphic: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

According to the initial projections by Delhi, the national capital will require 445 MT of Oxygen on 30 April. In a letter to state health secretaries dated 26 April, the Centre said has increased Delhi’s allocation to 490 MT.

Meanwhile, during a High Court hearing Thursday, Delhi said it will need up to 1,000 MT of oxygen in the coming days.

Also read: MP, Maharashtra got more oxygen than asked, Delhi got far less, explain why, HC asks Centre


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  1. Well, this is known to every body! It was talked about too. If you dig deeper you will find more such instances, like more electricity to UP from the electricity grid, more of our taxes going to UP etc. The PM has done a lot of prop the orange man as ideal CM at the cost of other states.

  2. wow….what a misleading and full of alternate facts. Shame on Print. This is not journalism.

  3. If there is any chance to defame our PM , the print takes stand first .
    You don’t tell people what did UP government for oxygen .UP made it’s oxygen plants and what delhi government did , just blame center government . Where is the money of Delhi CM fund . Ohh this money is for ads .
    Do you ever tell people how much money delhi government spent for ads . This is money of tex payers and mr ad-man(Kejriwal) is using it for spreading his fake agenda

  4. Looks like atleast a couple of teams in the IT cell have been tasked to fully focus on percepetion management on theprint website.

    Pushing the same narrative in response to all the stories- sab changa si, everything is hunky dory! And Modi is our god. The reality outside for the common man is much bleaker and tragic. Thanks to the utter incompetence and arrogance of your leadership.

  5. This website is gaining more by opposing whatever modi do. There is no positive side and always keep hurdles.
    Why your not asking your papu ji and he roaming around not filling his responsibilities.

  6. Now I understand why the kejrwal not falowed protocol. And telcat the meetimg…Modi u r great u r teaching the country how to play politics instead of humanity..

  7. Delhites want everything free which is not possible. Rest of the country is more important than pampered, freebie dependent lot in Delhi.

  8. Politics at the time of Covid- courtesy BJP sarkaar.
    Even with oxygen UP will remain a hell hole.

  9. How can delhi need same amount of oxigen with UP when population of Up is 10 times more than Delhi. It’s just that Aap govt demanded more than what it need to defame Bjp in center as they know that govt will not be able to arrange it.

  10. When your media doesn’t post about oxygen plants 1 out of 8 build by kejriwal from funds given by central goverment.

  11. When your media doesn’t post about oxygen plants 1 out of 8 build by kejriwal from funds given by central goverment

  12. this sensitivity must have been on delhi when they rejected request of other states who were in demand. Further as done by so called developed country, first is for themselves and remaining for others.

  13. As expected the main aim to show BJP in poor light. When HC pulled up BJP there is always detailed coverage promptly in place, whereas either no coverage or not so much was given when HC Delhi severally pulled up AAP that too recently.

  14. Talk on Oxygen demand per capita Basis and hopefully your reservations on this point of view will crumble swiftly !!!

  15. Delhi ka Hindu khatre mein hai – the Hindus of Delhi are in acute danger, dying in droves. And it’s supremely clear who has put them in this sad situation.

  16. The Print? Mr Natwarlals antics and optics? Crappy propaganda. Useless fellow was placing ads in newspapers for oxygen tankers. Are Oxygen tankers something which general public have in their backyard? How much of the kejriwals 800 crore ad spend came to you? Disclosure?

  17. This is blatant corruption and a violation of the federal structure. It’s nothing short of a banana republic being run by baboons at this point

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