Supreme Court Constitutes National Task Force To Manage Oxygen Crisis in India

India is currently battling a second wave of the COVID-19 crisis. A high infection rate coupled with oxygen shortage has further aggravated the situation in India. On Saturday, the Supreme Court passed an order in order to manage the oxygen shortage. This order dealt with the demand and distribution of oxygen in India. Moreover, Justice DY Chandrachud had headed a Supreme Court bench for the oxygen shortage. The bench ordered the formation of a one-member National Task Force. This task force will work to assess and recommend oxygen needs and distribution across the country.

This task force will also suggest equal and appropriate availability of medicines. Further, the task force will see the required treatment for the COVID-19 patients.  More importantly, the task force will also provide suggestions on resolving other issues related to the pandemic. Also, media reports suggest that the Supreme Court bench had spoken to all the members of the task force. The task force will start functioning within a week. Moreover, the task force will report to the Center and the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will directly get recommendations from the task force.

Interestingly, the apex court has directed the central government to provide necessary assistance to all stakeholders. Further, the stakeholders (from the state government to the hospitals) should cooperate in every situation. The task force will operate initially for at least six months.

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Dr.Bhabatosh Biswas, former VC of West Bengal University of Health Sciences, will head the task force. Moreover, the task also includes Dr.Naresh Trehan. He is the Chairperson and MD of Medanta Hospital in Gurugram.