DDMA Srinagar Fixes Rates For Refilling Of Medical Oxygen

A worker works refills oxygen cylinders at an oxygen refilling plant in Srinagar | KO File Photo By Abid Bhat

Srinagar: The district administration Srinagar on Saturday ordered the fixation of rates for refilling of medical oxygen cylinders including delivery charges.

According to the new rates, Bulk Cylinder (7000cc) will cost Rs. 290/Cylinder while as the refilling cost at Plant will be Rs 165/ cylinder, and for Medium Cylinder (1430cc) will be Rs. 100/Cylinder and refilling cost at Plant will be Rs 50/ cylinder.

In an order, DDMA states that the availability of uninterrupted supply of medical Oxygen is an important prerequisite for managing moderate and severe cases of COVID-19 and it is an essential public health commodity and ensuring uninterrupted supply to the patients at a reasonable rate is of utmost importance.

In this regard, a meeting was conducted by DDMA, Srinagar with officials from Department of Industries & Commerce, Department of Health & Medical Education, FCS&CA, Revenue, Legal Metrology, Office of Drugs & Food Control Organization, representatives from Oxygen Generating Plants, and Suppliers/Vendor.

After threadbare discussion and accounting for all parameters, it was decided that the rates for refilling of Oxygen Cylinders supplied to the individual patients (inclusive of delivery charges) in the retail market by Vendors/Suppliers shall be fixed.

“Furthermore, concentration of such cylinders shall be maintained above 99.5 per cent. Any violation of the above directions will lead to prosecution under section 51 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. This order shall not apply to the supplies being made to hospitals,” the order states.

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