Amid the oxygen shortage in the national capital, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha MP from East Delhi Gautam Gambhir has arranged 200 oxygen concentrators to strengthen the fight against the deadly virus which has claimed so many lives across the country.
These concentrators will be made available to all those suffering from mild to moderate Covid infection and are in home isolation.
The oxygen concentrators will be provided to people residing anywhere in Delhi and can be collected from Gambhir’s office at Jagriti Enclave in his constituency by providing a doctor’s prescription, recent saturation level of the patient and Aadhar details. In addition to this, a post-dated cheque is also needed as security to prevent black marketing of the unit.
“We are not charging anything from people. The cheque can be collected upon returning the unit within seven to 10 days. People belonging to economically weaker sections can furnish their EWS certificate instead of the cheque,” said an aide of Gambhir.
Talking about the initiative, Gambhir said, “Right now the biggest concern for the people of Delhi is shortage of oxygen especially for those who are in the process of finding a bed in hospitals. People are running left, right and centre for oxygen cylinders. Refilling them is another tough task for the families of the patient. These concentrators will help those who are suffering from mild to moderate Covid and also those who are waiting for a bed in any hospital.”
Gambhir alleged that the Delhi government has abdicated its responsibility completely and is now just focusing on blame games.
“They don’t even have something as basic as tankers to pick up oxygen from other states. They spent all the money for oxygen plants on ads. Other states are setting up oxygen war rooms but Arvind Kejriwal is busy blaming the Centre on TV and in the courts,” he said.
Gambhir stated, “Delhi does not deserve this chaos and I will do whatever it takes, whatever is in my power to help the people in their fight against one of the toughest battles we have seen in recent times. We are in the process of arranging more concentrators and we will try to help as many as we can. Delhi has to stand together if we want a fighting chance against this deadly disease.”
Earlier this week, the Delhi High Court had questioned how Gambhir is able to distribute medicines being used to treat Covid-19 and procure them in large quantities. Last week, Gambhir started distributing ‘Fabiflu’ and ‘oxygen cylinder’ to patients.
TV actress Kamya Panjabi joins Congress in Mumbai
The Congress got a fresh dose of glamour with well-known television actress Kamya Panjabi joining the party here on Wednesday.
Mumbai Congress President Bhai Jagtap and other leaders like Charan Singh Sapra welcomed Panjabi to the party fold.
Shooting to popularity with her appearance in the reality show “Bigg Boss-7” (2013), Panjabi has been working in the entertainment industry for over two decades and had expressed a desire to join politics and serve the masses.
Congress activist Niraj Bhatia and other leaders shared pictures of her joining the party on the social media.
Kamya, 42, has worked in several teleserials including “Banoo Main Teri Dulhann”, “Maryada: Lekin Kab Tak”, “Shakti – Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki”, “Rethi”, Astitva… Ek Prem Kahani”, “Piya Ka Ghar”, and “Kyun Hota Hai Pyaar”.
Besides, she has acted in Bollywood films like “Na Tum Jaano Na Hum”, “Yaadein”, “Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani”, “Koi.. Mil Gaya”, and music videos like “Mehndi Mehndi” and a play “Pajama Party”
Amarinder to meet Shah on farmers’ stir
Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will lead a non-political delegation of agricultural experts to meet the Union Home Minister to discuss possible solutions to the ongoing farmers’ agitation on Thursday.
Disclosing this here on Wednesday, Amarinder Singh, who announced to float a new political party with seat sharing with parties, including the BJP, said he had been discussing various options with Home Minister Amit Shah, whom he will be meeting in Delhi again on Thursday, and others.
“I think I can help in finding a solution as I have been the Chief Minister of Punjab and am also an agriculturist,” Amarinder Singh told a press conference.
While there could be no pre-decided formula for resolution of the farmers’ stir, something will emerge during the talks as both sides — the Central government and farmers — want a resolution to the crisis triggered by the farm laws, he said.
Making it clear that he had not met any farmer leaders, the former Chief Minister said he had deliberately not interfered in the matter as the farmers did not want politicians involved.
The farmer leaders had four inconclusive meetings with the Centre but back channel talks have been going on, he added.
Amarinder Singh had earlier said any seat arrangement he made with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would be subject to a resolution of the farmers’ issue in their interest.
TN CM announces Rs 5L as relief to kin of victims killed in fire
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin announced a financial compensation of Rs five lakh to the family of all five persons killed due to an alleged fire in a firecracker shop in Kallakurichi district.
Eight others were reportedly injured in the incident, which occurred on Tuesday evening and are in a serious condition.
Stalin announced a relief of Rs one lakh to the injured persons admitted in the Kallakurichi government hospital.
The deceased victims include Khaleed (23), Shah Alam (25), Shaikh Basheer (67) and Ayyasamy (62). The police said it is yet to identify the fifth deceased victim.
Police sources told IANS that the mishap occurred due to a short circuit in an electric line and further investigation is on to ascertain the exact cause. A grocery shop was allegedly converted into a firecracker shop ahead of Diwali and was doing brisk business when the incident occurred.
The whole building was engulfed in fire and the police and fire personnel from Sankarapuram and Kallakurichi arrived at the spot to douse the fire.
Kallakurichi District Collector, P.N. Sridhar told media that the fire was doused after nearly three hours of intense efforts by the team of fire personnel and the police units that rushed to the spot.
The team cordoned off the area and started rescue operations as well as saved the grievously injured from the fire engulfed building.
State Minister, E.V. Velu reached the spot and visited the injured persons at the Kallakurichi government hospital on the same day of the incident.
The police said further investigation is on and whether the grocery shop that was converted into a firecracker shop had the mandatory license to conduct business. Whether the shop had the precautionary measures required to conduct a firecracker business, the police added.
The state government had issued warnings to the people and the firecracker manufacturers and traders to be safe during the Diwali season.
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