ILNS: The suggestion of involving the Army came up again before the Delhi High Court, which is hearing petitions on the shortage of life-saving drugs, oxygen, and hospital beds in Delhi.
The bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli was suggested that even if the Army was unable to set up facilities and beds, it was well-trained to handle the logistics of it all. It was suggested that the government should buy the essential material, decide on a venue to set things up and then involve the Army.
Advocate Aditya N. Prasad said: “We have been able to select three things.
- PSW plant
- Oxygen Generator
- Cryogenic Tanker (static)
Perhaps the government can purchase these and the Army can help us with the logistics.”
Justice Sanghi: “Looking at Mr Prasad’s research that these products are available, the government needs to do something about it.”
Advocate Aseem Chaturvedi: “Yesterday, my client had a conversation with Amicus Mr Rao, and it was suggested to Mr Rao that even if you get it for Delhi and establish it there, it would take time. Also where will the Delhi government keep it? Even if you have storage space, the civil work to establish it would take time.”
Justice Sanghi: “But you need to start someday.”
Rao: “The states need to examine it. It is not something we could talk about and it will just happen.”
Justice Sanghi: “The government could talk with the IIT and also plan what area and capacity they need to arrange, distribution base, and other things.”
Aditya Prasad: “I know these officers. This little bit of research has been done by interns and juniors. If we can do it, then these officers from IIT can figure something out.”
Justice Sanghi (laughing): “Even the CM is from IIT.”
Prasad: “Well, my lord, the CM is burdened.”