NEW DELHI: After "No data was provided by states on the deaths due to oxygen shortage" jibe, Centre is at the receiving end of fierce criticism. Many opposition parties have slammed the BJP-led Central government, saying the struggle of India during the second covid wave was noticed worldwide
Satyendra Jain, AAP leader, targeting the Centre's statement said that many people lost life due to the lack of oxygen, including the national capital, Delhi. "It's completely false to say that no one died due to oxygen crisis" he added. Why were hospitals making desperate appeals everyday at High Court? The centre may soon say there was no pandemic," he said sarcastically.
Mr. Jain included, "In Delhi, we had set up an audit committee. The data could have been provided easily if the panel was still there. But the central government, through the Lieutenant Governor, didn't allow it to submit the report.".
"Health is a state subject and states and union territories regularly report the number of cases and deaths to the Centre. "However, no deaths due to lack of oxygen have been specifically reported by states and UTs, in a written reply to Rajya Sabha on Tuesday," Junior Health Minister Bharati Praveen Pawar said.
Country's new Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya blamed the states. He told the parliament, "Prime Minister repeatedly told the states that deaths have to be registered, there's no reason to hide. It's the responsibility of the states. We keep a record of data provided by the states. That's all the central government has to do."
Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut also slammed the ruling government in his statement. "I am speechless. For families who've lost their loved ones due to the shortage of medical oxygen - how would they've felt on listening to this. These families should file a case against the government," he said.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also jumped into the political dispute commenting "the Centre has lied that there was no oxygen crisis in country during the second wave. The government is trying to hide its fault, he stressed, and it's "policy
was a disaster".
"25 people had lost life in April at the Jaipur Golden Hospital, in Delhi. Twenty-three-year-old Gaurav Gera and his sister Bharti lost both their parents in the tragedy. "We were pained to hear the government's statements in the parliament. My father was fine. In the night, we got a call that we lost him. Doctor told us about oxygen shortage," he recalled. "We've lost our parents but the politics is still on," he added.
India now is almost prepared to fight the third covid wave, says the government.
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