Liquid oxygen can’t be used for non-medical purposes, Centre tells states | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Amid surge in Covid-19 infections and shortage of oxygen in the country, the central government on Sunday decided that the use of liquid oxygen, including existing stock, to be allowed for medical purposes only.
Issuing an order, the Centre asked all oxygen manufacturing units to maximise production and make oxygen available to it for medical use only, with immediate effect. “Entire stock of liquid oxygen should be used for medical purposes, no exception to any industry,” the government said.

“It has been considered necessary to restrict industrial usage of oxygen for ensuring availability of adequate and uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen across the country for the management of Covid-19 patients and necessary order in this regard was issued on 22.04.2021 to restrict the use of industrial oxygen,” the notice read.

“Now, therefore, in the exercise of powers conferred under section 10(2)(1) and section 65 of the DM Act, the undersigned, hereby directs the state/UT governments and state/UT authorities to ensure that use of liquid oxygen is not allowed for any non-medical purpose and that all manufacturing units may maximise their production of liquid oxygen, and make it available to the government for use for medical purposes only, with immediate effect and until further orders,” the order further read.

“Further, all stocks of liquid oxygen should also be made available to the government for use for medical purposes. No exception is allowed to any industry with regard to the use of liquid oxygen,” the order mentioned.

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