Opacity in PM Cares Fund placing lives in danger: Rahul Gandhi
The Congress on Sunday accused the govt of “losing” the lockdown by not ramping up well being infrastructure and procuring “substandard” ventilators which are essential for crucial Covid-19 patients, with Rahul Gandhi charging that “opacity” in the PM Cares Fund is placing lives of Indians in danger.
Using the hashtag “BJPfailsCoronaFight”, Gandhi tweeted, “PMCares opacity is: 1. Putting Indian lives in danger. 2. Ensuring public cash is used to purchase sub-standard merchandise.”
#PMCares opacity is:
1. Putting Indian lives in danger.
2. Ensuring public cash is used to purchase sub-standard merchandise.#BJPfailsCoronaFighthttps://t.co/6lIAPH0SJL
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 5, 2020
He also tagged a news report a couple of private agency offering substandard ventilators, procured utilizing the PM Cares Fund.
The Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund was arrange in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged a “rip-off” in the acquisition of ventilators.
“The ‘Ventilators’ Scam! Out of Rs 2,000 crore allotted for 50,000 ventilators, just one,340 ventilators delivered until 23rd June. No open tendering. Inferior Quality. Purchase Price of Rs 4 Lakh as a substitute of quoted value of Rs 1.5 Lakh per ventilator,” he stated in a tweet.
Congress spokesperson Gaurav Vallabh questioned the govt why just one,340 ventilators could possibly be procured until June 22 whereas it had positioned order for 50,000 on March 31.
At a digital press convention, he expressed concern over the rise in coronavirus infections in the nation and accused the govt of “losing time” by not utilising the lockdown interval to ramp up the well being infrastructure.
He stated the precise procurement is against the declare made by BJP president J P Nadda that the nation can have 60,000 ventilators by June-end.
Vallabh also alleged “confusion and delay” in ordering ventilators, “monetary impropriety” and lack of transparency in spending PM Cares Fund, and provide of “substandard” ventilators.
With a record single-day surge of 24,850 coronavirus infections and 613 fatalities, India’s coronavirus case load zoomed to six,73,165, whereas the demise toll because of the illness climbed to 19,268 on Sunday, in accordance to the Union well being ministry.
With this, the nation has recorded over 20,000 cases of the an infection for the third consecutive day.
“The manner the corona cases in the nation are rising, it’s worrisome. I pray that the height comes at the moment and this nation is free of the virus,” the Congress spokesperson stated.
“Lockdown was a pause button and it ought to have been used to ramp up well being infrastructure. But the govt has wasted time and has indulged in mismanagement in procuring ventilators.
“As per the govt, just one,340 ventilators have been procured until June 22, whereas the BJP chief claimed in a digital rally that the nation can have 60,000 ventilators by June-end. Why so few ventilators have been procured in additional than 2.5 months. Who is accountable,” he requested.
The Congress leader also stated Rs 2,000 crore was allotted from the PM Cares Fund for procuring 50,000 ventilators with each costing around Rs Four lakh, whereas an organization is supplying ventilators to the govt at Rs 1.5 lakh only.
“Does the PM Cares order of 50,000 ventilators include 40,000 ordered by the govt earlier. Where has the PM-CARES cash gone and why is there an irregular delay in procuring them…. Has PM Cares opted for open tendering to make sure transparency in govt procurement. The PM Cares funds are also public funds,” he stated.
Alleging that substandard materials and ventilators are being procured by the govt from some private players, Vallabh requested, “Why the govt is compromising with the well being of individuals by bringing substandard materials.”
He stated in the curiosity of individuals of our nation who’re struggling to get out of those difficult and tough occasions, the Congress wish to know the solutions of questions that are immediately associated to the nicely being of residents of our nation.
The opposition leader stated in the curiosity of people who find themselves struggling for his or her well being, the govt ought to reply the questions raised by the Congress party.
He stated neither is the govt answering questions on the border tussle with China neither is it popping out with info on the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Prime Minister and the Health Minister ought to reply to those questions raised by us in the curiosity of the well being of the individuals of the nation,” he stated.
Vallabh hoped the govt would look into the worries raised by the party. “We cannot tolerate the iota of confusion, corruption and mistake at these crucial occasions when the number of coronavirus patients are day by day breaking the record of the last day,” he stated.