As Maharashtra faces a severe shortage of medical oxygen amid the peak of COVID-19 cases, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Thursday that the state government was even prepared to touch the feet of the Center if he helped secure the necessary supply of rescue gas.
Speaking to reporters, he said: “The state government is ready to do anything to save people’s lives. We make an extremely polite request … even willing to touch the feet of the Center to get the quantity required liquid medical oxygen. “
“The rights to distribute oxygen between states are in the hands of the Union government. They should exercise their rights and ensure that Maharashtra receives more oxygen,” he said.
The Center should ensure that tankers carrying oxygen are given a green corridor so that they can reach quickly, Tope added.
“I make this request to the Center over and over again,” said the Minister.
The government of Maharashtra, led by the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party and Congress, has been at odds with the Center over the provision of medical oxygen, Remdesivir injections and COVID-19 vaccines.
The state alleged that the BJP-led Union government was giving it alliance treatment.
Maharashtra is the most affected state in terms of COVID-19 cases and deaths.