Center governments reply on Covid Aid Distribution after Allegation of Delay

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New Delhi:

After allegations of delay in distribution, the central government gave information about the process of allocation of medical aid from abroad amid the Corona epidemic. Critics have accused lack of transparency in the allocation of medical aid and red tape, even raising questions about it during a White House briefing in the US. The Delhi High Court had also referred to the issue on Monday, with a hospital claiming that around 3000 oxygen concentrators are in great need but it is with the Customs Department. Meanwhile, the government has denied any delay in clearance of content related to Kovid.

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Sources told NewsBust that there have been 20 flights with foreign aid, 900 oxygen cylinders, 1600 concentrators, 1217 ventilators and essential medicines, but a large number of oxygen controllers and rimdasivir are stuck with the custom. Authorities have cited compatibility issues as the reason for the delay. On behalf of the government, it was said that the Ministry of External Affairs is the nodal agency in the matter of offers of help from abroad. Along with this, the Health Ministry has formed a cell for the receipt and allocation of Kovid Relief Material, Grant, Madad and Donation from abroad. This is its process.

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Consignments are received by the India Red Cross Society at the airport, it hands over it to HLL Lifecare Limited, who is a Customs Agent and Distribution Manager for the Ministry of Health.
-Customs department clears goods on high priority basis. Customs has waived basic duty and health cess on these things.
-Consignments are assigned to HLL for delivery from the airport.
-They try to complete tasks like uppack, repack and dispatch in minimum time.
Allocation is done by ensuring uniform distribution and keeping in view the load of the regional healthcare facility.

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