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The oxygen mess: How did it all happen?

Complacency, bungling and callousness all played a role in the oxygen shortage even as Covid cases spiked. There will be long term consequences

April 23, 2021 / 08:34 AM IST
The oxygen mess: How did it all happen?

The demand of oxygen has shot up due to increasing cases of COVID-19 in India

On Thursday, April 22, the Supreme Court decided to take suo moto notice of the oxygen shortage. It asked the union government to give it a national plan for oxygen supplies, essential drugs and vaccination plan the next day. It also appointed Harish Salve as the Amicus Curiae in the matter. Six High Courts were already hearing different cases dealing with the issues before the SC took notice. They had made several trenchant observations about the union government’s inability to...

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