Supreme Court constitutes national task force to formulate methodology for scientific allocation

The Supreme Court has constituted a 12 member National Task Force to formulate a methodology for scientific allocation of liquid medical oxygen to all the States and Union Territories in order to deal with the dearth of oxygen supply amid the second Covid wave. A division bench comprising of Justice DY Chandrachud and MR Shah constituted the Task Force which will be at liberty to draw upon the human resources of the Union Government for consultation and information and may also constitute one or more sub-groups on specialised areas or regions for assisting it, before finalising its recommendations. During the course of hearing, it was suggested by the Court that an "expert body" involving national experts with experience in health Institutions can be set up as a National Task Force which will be responsible for providing public health response based upon a scientific approach on the issues concerning pandemic situation. The Court ordered. The Task Force has been constituted on the suggestions of the Centre on the possible names to be included in its composition.

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