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COVID-19: No approval to Delhi panel to probe deaths due to oxygen shortage, says Dy CM Manish Sisodia

06:12 PM Jun 16, 2021 | PTI

New Delhi: Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday said, the Centre has denied approval to a committee set up by the Delhi government to probe deaths caused by the lack of oxygen during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and award compensation to the families of the deceased.

Addressing a digital press conference, Sisodia said, "The Centre has refused to grant approval for the formation of the committee. The BJP-led Centre only interferes with the work of state governments. Why doesn't it allow the state governments to function?"

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He said the Delhi government had sent the file seeking approval for the four-member committee to Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal. On June 4, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ruled Delhi government had announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to the kin of those Covid-19 patients who died due to lack of oxygen.

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Sisodia, who is also Delhi finance minister said that a four-member expert committee was formed to look into the deaths due to oxygen shortage during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. And, "If the panel finds deaths happened due to oxygen shortage, Rs 5 lakh compensation will be given to a family of deceased." Sisodia had made this statement on June 4.

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