“The Minister of State of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar, in response to question 243 without an asterisk on July 20, 2021, has stated that there were no deaths due to oxygen shortages reported by the States during the second wave of Covid -19. Beyond being absolutely disrespectful to the hundreds who suffered this avoidable disappearance, the Government has tried to deceive the Parliament with his reply and with it the broken parliamentary privilege, “Viswam wrote to Rajya Sabha’s secretary general.
The CPI leader said that thousands of people died from lack of oxygen during the months of April and May 2021 throughout the country. The countless reports in the media and the personal experience of many citizens during those fateful months are testimony to this fact.
Virtually all the higher courts and even the Supreme Court it was flooded with desperate pleas from hospitals and citizens requesting oxygen, the lack of which was the government’s inability to adequately prepare for this crisis.
The Rajya Sabha deputy stressed that there is no official data on the number of people who died due to oxygen shortage.
“The complete lack of accountability and attempts to mislead this House, as well as the people of this country, require the most serious action. In light of this, I urge you to take note of this violation of privilege and follow the procedures in this regard. “Viswam declared.
The central government informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday that no deaths from lack of oxygen have been specifically reported from states / Union territories during the second wave of Covid-19.
Answer a question by Congress Deputy KC Venugopal on whether a large number of Covid-19 patients died on roads and hospitals due to acute shortage of oxygen in the second wave, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar, noted that health is a state issue and consequently all states / UTs report cases and deaths to the Union Ministry of Health on a regular basis.
In a written response, he stated that the Government of India has supported States and undertaken a number of actions, including the provision of medical oxygen.
“Health is a State issue. The Union Ministry of Health has issued detailed guidelines for the notification of deaths to all states or UT. Consequently, all states or UT report cases and deaths to the Ministry of Health of the Union on a regular basis. However, they are not due Lack of oxygen has been specifically reported by the states or UT. However, the government of India has supported the states and took a number of actions including the supply of oxygen medical and other consumables to ensure the clinical care of patients with Covid-19 in view of the sharp increase in the trajectory of Covid-19 in the country during April-May 2021, “the response reads.