The Delhi Government will pay INR 5 lakh to the families of Covid-19 patients who died due to lack of oxygen during the ongoing second wave of the pandemic. A four-member expert committee has been constituted to look into the issue. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said there was an oxygen crisis and there were reports that the oxygen shortage caused deaths at many hospitals. INT 5 lakh would be given as compensation to the family of the deceased if the panel finds that the death happened due to lack of life-saving oxygen, Sisodia said at an online press conference on Friday, June 4.“During the second wave, many of citizens lost family members due to the oxygen crisis in the Union Territory of Delhi. The panel comprising medical experts will inspect, twice a week, claims of all those families who lost their loved ones due to oxygen scarcity and thereafter disburse Rs 5 lakh financial assistance to each family,” said Sisodia.“The file constituting the committee has gone to Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal to secure approval and the panel would start functioning immediately after approval from the LG,” said Sisodia. The second wave of the pandemic saw many of the hospitals in the national Capital run out the life-saving gas. Delhi’s quota for medical oxygen was fixed by the Centre at 300 MT. By the time the quota was raised to 590 MT the requirement of the city had already gone up to 700 MT. Moreover, this allocation was to be sourced from 13 plants in seven States, of which nearly 34 percent was to be from Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal, which had no pre-existing oxygen supply chain with Delhi.
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