Uddhav Thackeray Rings PM For Oxygen, Remdesivir, Told He’s Busy In Bengal

Uddhav Thackeray Rings PM For Oxygen, Remdesivir, Told He’s Busy In Bengal

CMO Maharashtra stated that Thackeray could not speak with PM Modi as he was on a campaign tour of West Bengal.

Mumbai| Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, in the wake of a shortage of medical oxygen and Remdesivir in Maharashtra, had called PM Narendra Modi. However, CMO stated that Thackeray could not speak with PM Modi as he was on a campaign tour of West Bengal, Free Press Journal reported.

The Prime Minister’s office (PMO), as per the statement by Maharashtra CMO, has informed them that PM Modi will get in touch with them regarding the same.

CM Uddhav Thackeray has not received a call from PM Modi yet, the report stated.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, in his recent letter to PM Modi, said the medical oxygen requirement in the state is projected to reach 2,000 metric tonnes per day by April-end from the present consumption of 1,200 MT per day.

Citing logistical hurdles in the transportation of liquid medical oxygen from neighbouring states, Thackeray had sought permission under the National Disaster Management Act to airlift oxygen from steel plants in eastern and southern parts of the country.

Meanwhile, in shocking allegations against centre, Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik on Saturday claimed

that the Centre asked export companies not to supply Remdesivir to the state.

Mr Malik, calling it a “dangerous precedent”, said under these circumstances, “Maharashtra Government will have no choice but to seize the stock of Remdesivir from these exporters and supply it to the needy.”

The Nationalist Congress Party leader further claimed that the Centre had warned the companies that their license will be cancelled if they supply the anti-viral drug to the state.

“It is sad & shocking that when Government of Maharashtra asked the 16 export companies for #Remdesivir, we were told that Central Government has asked them not to supply the medicine to #Maharashtra. These companies were warned, if they did, their license will be cancelled,” Mr Malik said.

In the last 24 hours, Maharashtra saw the highest surge in the infections. Maharashtra recorded 63,729 new cases of Covid-19, taking its caseload past the 37-lakh mark now.


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