New Delhi: The Supreme Court has issued guidelines to the Central Government taking automatic cognizance of the shortage of Oxygen. The court has said in its order that the oxygen supply of Delhi should be corrected on or before midnight of May 3. The central government should prepare the system of supply of oxygen in consultation with the states. Also, a buffer stock of oxygen should be prepared for an emergency and the location of emergency stock should be de-centralized.
Court asks for a reply by 10 May
The Supreme Court in its order said that the emergency stock should be prepared within the next four days and such arrangements should be made so that it can be replenished daily in addition to the current allocation of supply of oxygen to the states. The court asked the central government to follow the instructions and the Protocol for the availability and pricing of oxygen, corona vaccine, essential medicines at a reasonable price and to file an answer on all these issues in the next hearing to be held on 10 May.
National policy on admission in Hospitals
A three-member bench of Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice Ravindra Bhat said that the Center should formulate a national policy for admission to the hospital. The court has given two weeks to the Center for this. Along with this, the court said that no state can refuse to be admitted to a hospital or provide necessary medicines based on not having a local residence certificate.
Ban Fake News
The bench also directed the Center and the states to issue a notification that punitive action will be taken to stop information on social media or to harass people seeking help on any platform. According to the copy of the judgment uploaded on the Supreme Court website on Sunday, the central and state governments should notify all the chief secretaries, director-general of police and commissioners of police to stop any information on social media or seeking help on any platform This court will take punitive action under the jurisdiction of the oppressed people.