The ministry of home affairs (MHA) on Monday allowed the supply of oxygen to certain industries on a temporary basis, subject to ensuring an adequate supply of medical oxygen to hospitals and other medical purposes, as the number of Covid-19 cases has decreased and demand for medical oxygen has decreased.
As the number of Covid cases increased and several states reported a lack of oxygen to treat dangerously ill coronavirus illness patients, the government transferred all liquid oxygen intended for non-medical reasons and the manufacturing industry to medical usage in April last week. At the time, the only industries spared were defence, ampoule and vial manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals.
The MHA has now excluded more industries against using liquid oxygen, including plants like furnaces, refineries, steel, aluminium, and copper processing plants, as well as infrastructure projects and plants, Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and food processing units.
“The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) may allow usage of liquid oxygen to the above-mentioned industries/ projects/ units on a temporary basis subject to ensuring an adequate supply of liquid medical oxygen to hospitals and other medical purposes as per demands”, the statement of the MHA said.