NEW DELHI: Welcoming the Supreme Court decision to set up a national task force for allocation of oxygen to states, the Centre on Saturday called it an important step which will help streamline distribution.
Responding to SC’s order to constitute the task force, sources said solicitor general Tushar Mehta had emphasised the need for a body of experts to look into oxygen distribution. “It was the government, through SG Tushar Mehta, that suggested the creation of this task force. However, without even knowing such basic facts about the government being open to involving experts to work with it, some people are running their own agendas around such news,” a government functionary maintained and added, “The Centre welcomes the decision.”
“In order to facilitate fresh assessment of the basis for allocation of oxygen, an expert committee may be constituted consisting of persons drawn from public and private healthcare institutions with experience,” Mehta submitted in the court on behalf of the Centre, said government sources.
The decision affords Centre a way out of the unpleasant situation where it was having to apportion oxygen among states.