Controversy erupts after 2 members of SC panel oppose Delhi oxygen audit report
Delhi: Brewing controversy, the two members of a subgroup set up by the Supreme Court for the oxygen audit of Delhi has flagged their objections to the reports submitted by the panel claiming that Delhi Government exaggerated oxygen need by 4 times during COVID second wave peak.
The panel was led by AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria, included Delhi Government Principal Home Secretary Bhupinder Bhalla, Max Healthcare Director Dr Sandeep Buddhiraja and Union Jal Shakti Ministry Joint Secretary Subodh Yadav.
However, Bhalla and Buddhiraja lodged their dissent stating that the report does not have the support of all the members, and even skipped one of its sittings.
As per the interim report of the panel, "There was a gross discrepancy (about four times) in the actual oxygen consumption claimed by the Delhi government (1,140MT) as it was about four times higher than the calculated consumption as per the formula based on bed capacity (289 MT)."
Bhalla, Budhiraja and Chief Secretary Dev pointed out that the sub-group had not factored in the requirement of LMO for home isolation patients, refillers, ambulances and small nursing homes.