Vadgam MLA Jignesh Mevani has approached the Gujarat High Court seeking directions to the Gujarat government to permit him to spend his MLA fund to set-up an oxygen plant, COVID testing facility, purchase ventilators and ensure Remdesivir and Tocilizumab injections for the people of his constituency.
The MLA has said that his constituency has primary health centres and community health centres, but COVID treatment is not possible because oxygen, ventilators and necessary injections are not available. He has also said that there are no private hospitals in his constituency where oxygen and ventilators are available.
He has submitted in his application that he being an MLA from Vadgam constituency is allocated Rs 1.5 crore every year for development works in his constituency.
He said that he has also addressed a letter on April 26 to the Gujarat chief secretary to spend Rs 30 lakhs for setting up an oxygen plant in his constituency out of the MLA funds, to spend Rs 10 lakhs for acquiring ventilators and further amount of Rs 10 lakhs to be spent for purchasing Remdesivir and Tocilizumab injections.
Feeling helpless, says Jignesh Mevani
The MLA has submitted that he feels helpless as despite being the elected representative, he is unable to provide medical assistance to people suffering from COVID-19 in his constituency.
Mevani has also submitted that if the MLA fund is utilised towards setting up an oxygen plant with the help of a competent and suitable agency, and if primary and community health centres are equipped with ventilators and other necessary medical logistics and equipment, besides oxygen, his constituency will have an effective COVID-19 hospital.
The hearing on Mevani’s application is likely to be taken up on Tuesday when the high court’s division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Bhargav Karia take up further hearing in the suo motu PIL initiated by the court over the worsening COVID-19 situation in Gujarat.
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