“The government is committed to ensuring uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen. Many of the states/UTs are dependent on the medical oxygen supply from other states/UTs. Hence its uninterrupted availability is of utmost importance,” she added.
The letter said that cases of shortage, black marketing and hoarding have been reported in the media. It pointed out that medical oxygen (inhalation) is a scheduled drug under Drugs (Prices Control) Order (DPCO) 2013.
“It is directed to ensure a strict vigil on the situation and undertake strong action under the provisions of Drug and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Essential Commodities Act, 1955 to prevent black marketing and hoarding of the drug,” the letter said.
Action taken in case of black marketing, hoarding and profiteering may be intimated to this office immediately, it added.