The Ministry of External Affairs said on Sunday that it is in constant contact with all foreign embassies in India and is responding to their medical demands, and particularly related to Kovid-19. Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the medical demands of the embassies included providing treatment facilities in hospitals. He appealed everyone not to hoard the material related to essential supplies including oxygen.
Earlier, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar targeted Congress leader Jairam Ramesh when he said in his tweet that the Indian Youth Congress was looking at the crisis messages (SOS) of foreign embassies and wondered if the foreign ministry was sleeping?
MEA checked with the Philippines Embassy. This was an unsolicited supply as they had no Covid cases. Clearly for cheap publicity by you know who. Giving away cylinders like this when there are people in desperate need of oxygen is simply appalling. @Jairam_Ramesh https://t.co/G3jPE3c0nR
– Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) May 2, 2021
Ramesh shared a video posted on Twitter of Indian Youth Congress National President Srinivas BV, which shows a mini van entering the Philippine Embassy in Delhi with an oxygen cylinder. Ramesh praised the Indian Youth Congress.
Jaishankar tweeted, “MEA contacted Philippine Embassy. This was unsolicited supply and there was no case of Kovid-19. Obviously it was for cheap popularity from your side. When people are in great need of oxygen, then giving cylinders in this way is amazing. ”
He said in another tweet, “Jairam ji, MEA never sleeps.” Our people are known all over the world. MEA never does fake things. We know who does it. ”
Significantly, Srinivas tweeted the video with the caption #SOSIYC. Srinivas shared a video of his team supplying oxygen cylinders to the New Zealand High Commission. He thanked the team of Indian Youth Congress for quick relief.
Meanwhile, the New Zealand High Commission tweeted, “We are trying to arrange oxygen cylinders from all sources and unfortunately our appeal was misinterpreted for which we are sorry.”
On the other hand, Bagchi said in his statement that the Ministry of External Affairs is responding to the medical demands of foreign missions. The Chief of the Chief Protocol and Cells are in constant contact with all High Commissions / Embassies and responding to their medical demands, including treatment facilities in hospitals. On the questions of reporters, Bagchi said, “In view of the state of the epidemic, we urge everyone that they will not freeze essential supplies including oxygen.”
It is noteworthy that the national capital is facing severe shortage of medical oxygen amid increasing cases of Kovid-19.