Harsh Vardhan stated he assured Thackeray of satisfactory and uninterrupted provide of medical oxygen whereas Piyush Goyal accused the Maharashtra chief minister of enjoying ‘petty politics’
Triggering a row with the Centre amid the surge in coronavirus instances, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday claimed he tried to debate the difficulty of oxygen provide with Narendra Modi on cellphone however was advised that the prime minister was busy campaigning for the West Bengal elections.
The chief minister made the assertion throughout a web based assembly with industrialists and representatives of commerce our bodies whereas underlining the necessity for ramping up oxygen provide and different well being infrastructure to cope with the pandemic.
“Maharashtra needs oxygen supply and all oxygen produced is being used for medical purposes. I contacted Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the need for oxygen supply, but he wasn’t available on phone yesterday since he was busy with the West Bengal poll campaign. But the Centre is cooperating with the state,” Thackeray was quoted as saying through the interplay with the business in a launch issued by the Chief Minister’s Office.
“Keeping in mind the sharply increasing number of infected patients, we have also informed the Prime Minister’s Office regarding the expected increase in requirement of oxygen in the coming days. Even yesterday evening, I tried reaching out to the prime minister but, we were unable to speak as he was caught up in election duties in West Bengal. However, we have been receiving total support from the Union Government in this battle with corona,” the chief minister stated.
Union well being minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, on Saturday night, stated he had spoken to the Maharashtra chief minister and warranted him of satisfactory and uninterrupted provide of medical oxygen and in addition all doable assist as regards to the healthcare infra, medicines and therapeutics.
In one other tweet, Vardhan stated he had mentioned with Thackeray strict measures to be taken for containment, surveillance and therapy of COVID-19 instances.
Reiterated the necessity to concentrate on the 5 pillars “Test, Track, Treat, Covid Appropriate Behaviour & Vaccination” to tide over the emergent well being disaster.
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) April 17, 2021
Earlier, Union minister Piyush Goyal attacked Thackeray, saying he was “shocked and saddened to see petty politics being played”. Maharashtra had to date acquired the biggest amount of oxygen among the many states, Goyal claimed.
Just yesterday, PM in his assessment advised that centre & states ought to work with synergy on this disaster.
With this background, shocked and saddened to see petty politics being performed by @OfficeOfUT. He must cease his day by day dose of shameless politics and take accountability.
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) April 17, 2021
“Maharashtra is suffering from an inept and corrupt government… People of Maharashtra are following ‘Majha Kutumba, Majhi Javabadari‘ (my family, my responsibility) dutifully. It is time the chief minister also follows his duties in the spirit of ‘Majha Rajya, Majhi Javabadari‘ (my state, my responsibility),” the Union minister stated in a sequence of tweets.
Hitting again, NCP chief and state minister Nawab Malik tweeted, “PiyushGoyal ji, Please enlighten us with some facts, How many metric tons of Oxygen is produced in our country and how much oxygen has the central government given to Maharashtra State?”
Mr. @PiyushGoyal ji
Please enlighten us with some info,
How many metric tons of Oxygen is produced in our nation and the way a lot oxygen has the central authorities given to Maharashtra State ?
Details given by you’ll clear all doubts and set the file straight.@ANI @PTI_News
— Nawab Malik نواب ملک नवाब मलिक (@nawabmalikncp) April 17, 2021
In a letter addressed to the prime minister, Thackeray had stated that medical oxygen requirement within the state is projected to achieve 2,000 metric tonnes per day by April-end from the current 1,200 MT per day. Citing logistical hurdles within the transportation of liquid medical oxygen from neighbouring states, Thackeray additionally sought permission underneath the National Disaster Management Act to airlift oxygen from metal crops in japanese and southern components of the nation.
Medical-grade oxygen is used for the therapy of essential COVID-19 sufferers.
The chief minister additionally referred to as upon the business to wholeheartedly assist the state authorities in not solely ramping up the manufacturing of oxygen but additionally for the creation of further oxygen beds, coronavirus testing services and vaccination centres.
’16 export corporations advised to not provide Remdesivir to Maharashtra’: Nawab Malik
Meanwhile, his cupboard colleague Malik additionally alleged that the Union authorities had requested export corporations to not provide the drug Remdesivir to the state, which drew a pointy rebuttal from state BJP leaders.
Taking to Twitter, Malik, the state minority affairs minister, stated, “It is sad and shocking that when Government of Maharashtra asked 16 export companies for Remdesivir, we were told that the Central government has asked them not to supply the medicine to Maharashtra. These companies were warned, if they did, their license will be cancelled.”
It is unhappy & surprising that when Government of Maharashtra requested the 16 export corporations for #Remdesivir, we have been advised that Central Government has requested them to not provide the drugs to #Maharashtra.
These corporations have been warned, in the event that they did, their license might be cancelled(half)
— Nawab Malik نواب ملک नवाब मलिक (@nawabmalikncp) April 17, 2021
“This is a dangerous precedent and under these circumstances, Maharashtra Government will have no choice but to seize the stock of Remdesivir from these exporters and supply it to the needy,” Malik stated in a Twitter thread.
“There are 16 export-oriented units in our country that have 20 lakh vials of Remdesivir, since exports are now banned by the government, these units are seeking permission to sell this medicine in our country but the Central government is denying the same,” he alleged.
The allegations have been strongly refuted by Union Minster of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh Mandaviya who stated the federal government is making each effort to double the manufacturing of the drug within the nation.
Tweets by @nawabmalikncp are surprising. It is stuffed with half truths and lies and the threats issued are unacceptable.
He is unaware of the bottom scenario. GoI has been in energetic contact with officers of GoM and is helping with provide of Remdesivir in each method(1/4) https://t.co/jzHI4ENUcs
— Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) April 17, 2021
Maharashtra BJP spokesperson Keshav Upadhaye reacted sharply, saying, “Instead of making such wild and baseless allegations, Nawab Malik should provide proof or else he should apologise.” BJP MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar additionally stated that Malik ought to present proof, whereas Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Council and BJP chief Pravin Darekar demanded Malik’s resignation for making “false” accusations.
“Malik has levelled these allegations simply to hide the incompetence of the state government. The people in the state are dying because of a lack of oxygen supply. Malik made the charges to divert the attention,” he stated.
During the net interplay with the chief minister, business spokespersons from Maharashtra knowledgeable that steps had already been taken to ramp up the manufacturing of oxygen within the state. Creation of ICU beds, COVID-19 testing and vaccination centres was on the speedy agenda of business within the state, it was knowledgeable.
Industry representatives who attended included Uday Kotak, Niranjan Hiranandani, Deepak Mukhi, Harsh Goenka, Salil Parekh, Anant Goenka and Baba Kalyani.
With inputs from PTI