New Delhi: Amid the worsening COVIS situation in India and the scarcity of essential medicine and oxygen to tackle the rising cases, the Centre is claimed to have placed an order for the procurement of the 53.70 lakh Remdesivir injections and 46,386 ventilators.
Meanwhile, various States, Union territories and the Central government facilities are said to have been able to receive only a small portion of 38.05 lakh injections and only 43,979 pieces of ventilators that various manufacturers so far supplied in accordance with the order place till Wednesday, an RTI query reply said.
Out of 43,979 ventilators supplied to various anti-Covid facilities, only 38,958 have been installed, the reply to the plea under the Right to Information Act added.
Out of the Remdesivir injections, allotted or ordered to be procured for various states, Maharashtra has been allotted 11.57 lakh injections but has been able to secure a supply of merely 7.99 lakh, the reply said.
After Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh has been able to procure over 3.63 lakh doses of the injection against an allotment of 4.95 lakh doses, while Gujarat has been able to procure 3.54 lakh injections against allotment of 4.19 doses.
The Union Ministry has given its response in reply to a plea by RTI activist Sujeet Swami.
Karnataka for which an order for procurement of 5.75 lakh injections had been placed has been able to procure only 3.26 lakh vials, the reply to RTI plea revealed.
Similarly, order for the supply of 2.20 lakh injections had been placed for the national capital Delhi which has managed to secure over 1.81 lakh of its doses, the reply added.
Some other states which managed to procure significant supplies of the injection though less than what they had been allocated are Madhya Pradesh (2.14 lakh vials against an order of 2.60 lakh injection), Rajasthan (1.57 lakh against 2.48 lakh), Bihar (92,000 against an order of 1.5 lakh vials), West Beearly one lakh against an order of 1.60 lakh) and Punjab 60,000 against an order of 85,000.
Curiously, among various states, Telangana has got the unique distinction of securing more vials of Remdesivir than what it had ordered for – 1.98 lakh against an order of 1.45 lakh vials.
The RTI reply further revealed that two Union Territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep have till now failed to procure a single vial of the injection despite having been allocated merely 2,000 injections.