Big Breaking: Army to help govt fight coronavirus, says Defense Minister

Shillong, April 20: In a major development, according to the reports Union Defense Minster  Rajnath Singh on Tuesday has directed Army to assist all States/Union Territories in consultations with the  Chief Minister’s and has also ask to open up Military Hospitals for COVID patients.

The minister further added  that its a war like situation.

Earlier, the Union Home Secretary has written to Chief Secretaries of States and Administrators of Union Territories, that they should issue necessary instructions to all authorities concerned in their States/Union Territories to take necessary measures to prohibit supply of oxygen for industrial purpose, except in nine industries as stated in the letter of the Union Health & Family Welfare Secretary dated 18.04.2021.

Keeping in view the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in various parts of the country and the resultant rapid demand for medical oxygen, particularly in high-burden
States of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, etc.

The letter of the Union Home Secretary follows the decision taken by the Central Government, on the recommendations of the Empowered Group-II, that the supply of oxygen for
industrial purposes by manufacturers and suppliers is prohibited (except in nine industries) forthwith from 22.04.2021 till further orders, so as to augment supply for medical oxygen in the
country and to save precious lives

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