Proposal for oxygen panel rejected again: Delhi government | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Deputy CM Manish Sisodia on Friday said that lieutenant governor Anil Baijal had once again rejected Delhi government’s proposal to constitute an inquiry committee to probe the number of deaths caused due to lack of oxygen during the second Covid-19 wave.
Sources in the LG office said a high-level committee constituted on Supreme Court’s directions was already looking into the matter and setting up another panel for the same purpose would create confusion. Sisodia, however, said the committee appointed by the apex court was only to look after oxygen supply issues in Delhi, not to probe the number of deaths.
Delhi government had formed an inquiry committee of health experts to investigate deaths due to lack of oxygen and provide compensation of Rs 5 lakh to each victim’s family. However, the proposal wasn’t approved by the LG, following which the file was re-sent by Delhi government recently.
Sisodia had also written to Union home minister Amit Shah and Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya and even approached the LG to approve the inquiry committee.
“The LG is of the view that no deaths occurred in Delhi due to lack of oxygen, so there is no need to form an inquiry committee. On one hand, the central government is asking the states for details of deaths due to lack of oxygen, on the other hand it is not giving approval to the inquiry committee so that it can claim that no deaths took place,” Sisodia said. “It will be a big lie to say this and play with the sentiments of those who lost their loved ones,” he added.
LG office sources said the statements were misleading as neither the LG nor the Centre had said that deaths due to oxygen shortage should not be probed. On July 6 and August 19, it was said that a high-level committee constituted on SC’s directions — where apart from senior and reputed doctors, Delhi government ACS (health) was also a member — was already looking into the matter. The committee had submitted its interim report and was working on the final report.
The source said, “The Union health minister and the LG have reiterated that the committee should be allowed to do its work. Setting up another committee will create confusion. The government has also been advised to follow the directions of the courts.”
“The scope of the SC committee is only to look after oxygen supply issues and not to probe the deaths. Why is the Centre asking Delhi government to submit data of deaths due to lack of oxygen, but using the LG office to stop it from compiling this information? Why is the Centre so desperate about hiding the truth related to deaths due to oxygen shortage in Delhi?” asked Sisodia.

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