New Delhi, June 1
With the number of coronavirus cases declining, the government has allowed oxygen manufacturing units to supply oxygen to certain industries such as MSMEs, food processing plants and infrastructure projects, temporarily.
This supply, however, would be subject to ensuring an adequate supply of liquid medical oxygen to hospitals and other medical purposes as requested by States / UTs, as well as an adequate supply to industries / sectors such as ampoules and vials. , pharmaceuticals, oxygen manufacturing. PSA cylinders and installations, neutral glass tubes and defense forces.
In April, the center banned the supply of oxygen for industrial purposes except in nine specific industries, amid shortages of the essential public health product in several states amid a spike in COVID-19 infections. .
The Department for the Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), under the Ministry of Trade and Industry, has proposed to the Ministry of the Interior to resume the supply of oxygen to industries other than exempt industries. by the Ministry of the Interior.
The ministry requested supplies for furnaces, refineries, steel, aluminum and copper processing plants; infrastructure projects and factories; MSMEs, manufacturing exporters requiring oxygen for production; and food processing units.
“In this regard, DPIIT may allow the use of liquid oxygen” to these “industries / projects / units on a temporary basis,” according to a memorandum from the Interior Ministry. PTI