The Karnataka government has issued a warning to JSW Steel for failing to deliver the promised quantity of liquid medical oxygen from its factory in Ballari district to Covid-19 patients.
If JSW fails to achieve its commitment, the government has threatened to take harsh action against firm under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act. N Manjunatha Prasad, principal secretary to the revenue department (disaster management), issued the notice to JSW Steel’s deputy managing director, citing the “lapse” in oxygen supply.
The state has been heavily relying on the JSW plants for medical oxygen, with the company accounting for 70% of the central government’s liquid medical oxygen allocation to Karnataka (830 tonnes) from plants within the state.
“Any shortfall in supply, particularly from JSW Steel Ltd, cannot be offset from other sources. The shortfall in supply is likely to jeopardise treatment of Covid-19 patients in the state,” Said the notice