Bengal needs more oxygen, Centre diverting it to other states: Mamata writes letter to PM Modi

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying with the surge in Covid cases, Bengal’s oxygen requirement is going up and at such a time, the Centre is diverting its oxygen supply to other states.

Mamata Banerjee has told PM Modi that Bengal’s consumption of medical oxygen has gone up from 470 MT to 550 MT per day over the past one week. She added that the Bengal government has already taken up the matter with the Centre that the state now requires 550 MT of medical oxygen on a daily basis.

Amid the unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases in the state, the West Bengal CM has requested the Centre to supply additional medical oxygen as demand is skyrocketing.

CM Banerjee requested PM Modi to issue instructions for an immediate allocation of at least 550 MT per MO for the Covid-hit state.

“However, instead of allotting the same as per the requirement of West Bengal, Govt of India has increased allocation of MO to other states from the total production in West Bengal, during the last 10 days, from 230 MT to 360 MT, keeping the allocation for West Bengal constant at 308 MT per day, despite its requirement of 550 MT per day,” said Mamata Banerjee in her letter addressed to PM Modi.

“Any allocation of MO less than the requested amount, will not only adversely affect the supply of medical oxygen but may also result in loss of lives of patients in the state,” West Bengal CM stated in her letter to PM Modi.

Mamata Banerjee has requested PM Modi to review the oxygen allocation for Bengal and take the necessary steps to meet the demand.