Addressing a digital press convention, he stated the Centre has knowledgeable the High Court that it has sanctioned eight strain swing absorption (PSA) vegetation but just one plant has been arrange.
The Delhi authorities has not added even a single PSA plant in the previous yr and neither has it augmented the oxygen storage capability in the nationwide capital, he alleged.
“The central and Delhi governments are combating with one another. The Delhi authorities and the Centre can battle later over who will rule, but at the least work for public welfare and growth,” he advised reporters.
“Why oxygen vegetation haven’t come up in Delhi, whereas states like Rajasthan have arrange 24 out of 37 PSA items sanctioned in the previous one yr and 7 massive oxygen storage vegetation,” he requested.
“Instead of doing their bit, they’re making an attempt to put the blame on one another to divert the eye. What the Delhi authorities and the central authorities has carried out is felony. They haven’t spent a single penny on enhancing oxygen supply and including storage capability in Delhi in the previous yr,” he stated, urging them to present at the least oxygen to individuals struggling to get it.
Maken alleged that the Delhi authorities spent Rs 355 crore on commercial and publicity in the final yr and one other Rs 467 crore has been earmarked as publicity funds for this yr.
With a complete of Rs 822 crore being spent on ads and publicity on Delhi in the final two years, one can arrange as many as 800 oxygen vegetation, including 750 metric tonnes capability of oxygen, but the federal government is not going to take such a step in public welfare, he alleged.
“The media ought to put the governments in the dock and query them. Then solely strain can be constructed on the governments to act. The accountability of governments and leaders is a should,” the previous Union minister stated, urging the media to spotlight the reality.
Maken additionally identified that the report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and household welfare acknowledged in March final yr that the federal government ought to take measures to guarantee oxygen supply and its pricing.
He additionally referred to the advice of the empowered group arrange in this regard in April 2020, highlighting the scarcity of oxygen that might occur in the nation due to the pandemic.