It asked the states and Union territories to allow all the manufacturing units to maximise their production of liquid oxygen and make it available to the government for medical purposes.
“No exception is allowed to any industry with regard to use of liquid oxygen,” stated the order issued by home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, who is also chairman of the national executive committee, under the Disaster Management Act 2005.
The decision to limit the use of liquid oxygen to medical purposes by all industries was taken at a review meeting chaired by home minister Amit Shah here on Sunday to review the oxygen supply situation as the country grapples with a second Covid wave.
A home ministry official said the new order would not affect the nine industries exempted by an order issued earlier on April 22, from the ban on supply of industrial oxygen by manufacturers and suppliers, as they use oxygen in a gaseous state and not in liquid form.
Invoking Section 10(2)(1) and Section 65 of the DM Act, the Centre directed the state/UT governments to ensure that “the use of liquid oxygen is not allowed for any non-medical purpose and that all manufacturing units may maximise their production of liquid oxygen, and make it available to the government for use for medical purposes only, with immediate effect and until further orders”.
It further added that all stocks of liquid oxygen, without exception to any industry, should also be made available to the government for use for medical purposes.