Bengal, May 7: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has shot a letter to PM 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 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.
“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.
Mamata Banerjee has also reminded the Centre that Bengal produces 560 MT of medical oxygen in a day.
Mamata Banerjee has requested PM Modi to review the oxygen allocation for Bengal and take the necessary steps to meet the demand.
The Bengal leader has sought an immediate allocation of 550 MT of medical oxygen for the state which is seeing a rising number of Covid-19 cases in the state.
West Bengal’s Covid-19 deaths rose to 11,964 on Thursday after 117 deaths, the highest so far in a single day while it also recorded the highest spike of 18,431 fresh cases. The state now has 1,22,774 active cases.