This Sunday in a nutshell, the Stainless Espresso with unpleasant news from the state of Punjab in India. Punjab urgently needs oxygen. State steel and iron producers must stop production to produce medical oxygen.
Update: No order to close iron and steel units, says minister
In a bid to clear the confusion created by reports that the state government has issued an order to shut down the iron and steel industry due to lack of oxygen, Industries Minister Sundar Sham Arora said on April 26, 2021, according to a report by indiatimes.com, that there were no such orders and the industry has only been asked to stop processes that use oxygen.
There is no ban on operation on the iron and steel industry in Punjab
Arora said, “There is no ban on operation on the iron and steel industry in Punjab. We have only ordered to shut down processes using oxygen. The step is taken as an emergency measure to meet the high demand for the medical grade gas for Covid patients. Once the situation improves and there is sufficient buffer stock of oxygen in the state, the order will be revoked.”
Oxygen instead of steel: Punjab borders shutdown of steel industry
The Chief Minister of the Indian state of Punjab, Amarinder Singh, on Saturday, April 24, 2021, ordered that state-owned steel and iron industries be shut down.
Acute shortage of ventilators and medical oxygen
The background to this is that India is in the midst of the third wave of the Corona pandemic and there is an acute shortage of ventilators and medical oxygen. India as a whole has been particularly hard hit by the Corona pandemic. The health care system is in severe disrepair. Almost 200,000 people have died with or from a Covid19 infection.
For months, Indian steel and iron manufacturers have been supporting the health care effort by providing medical oxygen.
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