NEW DELHI: A day after the Karnataka high court directed the Centre to increase the daily liquid medical oxygen (LMO) allocation for the state to 1,200 MT from the present 962 MT per day, government rushed to the Supreme Court on Thursday against the HC order.
A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah will take up Centre’s plea on Friday. The government in its appeal contended that it is trying its best to meet the needs of various states and order passed by the HC would hamper its effort to ensure supply of oxygen to other states as per their requirements which would lead to complete collapse of the system.
“It is most important to note that the entire nation is feeling the effects of the ongoing second wave of Covid-19 Coronavirus and in such a situation it is imperative that the limited resources available at the disposal of the entire nation (in this case, oxygen supply), be put to its most judicious use, keeping in mind the overall situation in the country. Thereby, passing directions in the nature and manner the HC has done, would ultimately lead to mismanagement of resources and create a further chaotic environment in an already overburdened system,” the petition said.
“The HC failed to consider the rationale behind allocation of certain amounts of oxygen to each state and purely on the basis of purported shortage in the city of Bangalore, passed directions which, if fulfilled, will have a cascading effect and result in the total collapse of the system in its fight against the ongoing second wave of Covid-19,” the Centre said.