COVID-19: SC constitutes national task force to look into oxygen allocation to states and UTs

COVID-19: SC constitutes national task force to look into oxygen allocation to states and UTs
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A 12-member National Task Force has been constituted by the Supreme Court for the scientific allocation of medical oxygen to the states and Union Territories. This comes amid the second of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The bench, which constituted the National Task Force, comprised justice DY Chandrachud and justice MR Shah.

The National Task Force which shall include AIIMS director Randeep Guleria, Sandeep Budhiraja of Max and two IAS officers will audit the allocation of medical oxygen and health infrastructure of the national capital.

Union Cabinet Secretary will join the National Task Force as a convernor and he will have power to nominate an officer not below the rank of Additional Secretary if he feels it is necessary, the court said.

The National Task force will also include Bhabatosh Biswas, former Vice Chancellor, West Bengal University of Health Sciences, Kolkata; Devender Singh Rana, Chairperson, Board of Management, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi; Devi Prasad Shetty, Chairperson and Executive Director, Narayana Healthcare, Bengaluru; Gagandeep Kang, Professor, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu; and JV Peter, Director, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu.

Besides above mentioned members, the task force will include Naresh Trehan, Rahul Pandit, Dr Saumitra Rawat, Shiv Kumar Sarin, and Zarir F Udwadia.
The Secretary of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will be ex-officio member of the task force, the court said.

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