The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Sunday revealed that they are in constant contact with all the foreign embassies in India and will be giving responses about their queries adhering to the medical demands and requirements particularly related to Covid-19.
MEA spokesperson Arindam Begchi stated the response to medical demands given by the embassies which consists of facilitating treatment in the hospital though he appealed to the hospital to not keep with the extra stock of the essential supplies which also comprises of oxygen.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has lashed out at Congress leader Jairam Ramesh post he wrote on Twitter about the youth wing of Congress who was attending the SOS calls from foreign embassies and iterated that MEA was sleeping.
Ramesh also posted on Twitter a video with the Indian Youth Congress national President Srinivas B V depicting a mini pick up van entering the premises of the embassy of Philippines in Delhi with oxygen cylinders.
Jaishankar posted on Twitter, “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.”
In another post on Twitter, he tweeted, “Jairamji, MEA never sleeps; our people know across the world. MEA also never fakes; we know who does.”
Srinivas posted the video with a caption saying, “#SOSIYC members at Embassy of the Philippines in New Delhi.”
While writing the comments, Ramesh appreciated the work done by the Indian Youth Congress. He further tweeted, “While I thank @IYC for its stellar efforts, as an Indian citizen I’m stunned that the youth wing of the opposition party is attending to SOS calls from foreign embassies. Is the MEA sleeping @DrSJaishankar?”
While answering about the matter, Bagchi revealed that MEA is responding to meet the medical demands by foreign missions. He said, “The chief of protocol and heads of divisions are in continuous touch with all high commissions/embassies and MEA is responding to their medical demands, especially those related to Covid. This includes facilitating their hospital treatment.”
While answering the queries asked by media, Bagchi said, “Given the pandemic situation, all are urged not to hoard essential supplies, including oxygen.”
Several hospitals across Delhi have severe shortage of medical oxygen with the increase in the Covid-19 cases.
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