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Delhi govt sets up panel to look into deaths due to oxygen shortage

New Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday said the Delhi government has set up a four-member expert panel to look into the deaths due to the shortage of oxygen during the second wave of the COVID-19 and the committee will begin its work immediately after the city government gets approval from the Lieutenant Governor (LG).

Addressing a digital press conference here, Mr Sisodia said,’The second wave of COVID-19 resulted in a massive oxygen crisis across Delhi and the nation. Many families lost their loved ones due to oxygen scarcity at such a time.’

‘Keeping this in mind, Delhi Government formed an 4-member medical expert panel with the responsibility to inspect this issue and disburse Rs 5 lakh as medical assistance to all those families who lost a member due to oxygen crisis,’ he said.

‘After the authorisation of this file by the panel, the Delhi Government has sent the file to secure approval from the LG Office in Delhi. The process of disbursal will begin immediately after the approval of the LG,’ Mr Sisodia said.

‘The panel of 4 members will inspect claims of all those families who lost their loved ones due to oxygen scarcity, twice a week, and thereafter will commence to disburse Rs 5 lakh financial assistance to each family,’ he said.

Mr Sisodia further stated that the file has been sent to the LG Office to secure approval, after having been passed by the 4-member medical expert committee formed by the Delhi Government. The committee will begin its work immediately after Delhi Government gets approval from the LG.

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