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Kejriwal government did not buy a single ventilator between July 2020-April 2021: RTI

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Amidst growing cases of Kovid-19 in Delhi, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government failed to prepare for the second wave. RTI activist Vivek Pandey had put an RTI to know how many ventilators, oxygen cylinders and tanks were purchased by the Delhi government from July 2020 to April 2021.

RTI asked questions

Right to Information (RTI) in the application, Pandey had asked the government to provide details of the total number of ventilators purchased by the Delhi government from July 2020 to April 2021. In the second question, he asked the government for information about the money spent by the Delhi government on the purchase of oxygen cylinders and tanks during the same period.

No ventilator was purchased by Delhi government

As per the reply received from the Directorate General of Health Services, Government of Delhi, not a single ventilator was procured during the said period. In response, the department stated that the central procurement agency of the Delhi government did not order or purchase any ventilator between July 2020 and April 2021.

Reply to RTI filed by RTI activist Vivek Pandey

In response to another question, the department said that the Central Procurement Agency of Delhi Government spent Rs 4,15,79,908 for the purchase of 4500 units of oxygen cylinders / tanks between July 2020 to April 2021. All oxygen cylinders were purchased in July 2020. This means that since then, the Delhi government has not spent any money to buy cylinders and tanks for medical oxygen.

However, it is not clear what was the capacity of the oxygen cylinder or tank purchased by the Delhi government. The price of the cylinder varies depending on the capacity and brand. If the government believes that all units of the same capacity were purchased, the cost per unit is 9,239 rupees. In general, oxygen cylinders cost between Rs 5,000 and Rs 9,000.

Kovid status in delhi

On May 2, 20,394 new Kovid-19 cases came to light in Delhi. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare According to the report, 24,444 people recovered from the epidemic in Delhi on Sunday, while 407 people died. 71,977 tests were done. So far, 11,94,946 cases have been reported in Delhi. 10,85,690 people have recovered.

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