Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday continued his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government’s alleged failure in managing the COVID-19 crisis.
Gandhi on Monday took a dig at the PM by equating him with the ventilators purchased from the PM-CARES fund saying that both “do not do their respective jobs”, “nowhere in sight when needed” and there is “too much false PR”.
The Congress MP from Kerala in a tweet said, “There’s a lot common between PMCares ventilator and the PM himself: too much false PR, don’t do their respective jobs, nowhere in sight when needed!”
There’s a lot common between PMCares ventilator and the PM himself:
– too much false PR
– don’t do their respective jobs
– nowhere in sight when needed!
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 17, 2021
Why Rahul Gandhi criticised Centre
Gandhi’s criticism comes amid a row over reports suggesting that ventilators—a machine used to save lives of critically ill patients whose organ functioning starts depleting—brought from the PM-CARES funds and made available to a hospital in Punjab’s Faridkot remain unutilised because of technical glitches.
The Union government has refuted these reports as “unfounded” and it has been alleged that it is the lack of infrastructure at the Faridkot hospital that is to be blamed. The alleged faulty ventilators supplied to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital were supplied by AgVa and Bharat Electronics Limited.
Notably, thousands of ventilators have been supplied by the Centre to states to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
PM calls for audit
PM Modi has ordered an immediate audit of the process of installing and operating the ventilators, and directed healthcare workers be trained in its use, if necessary. However, it is unclear who will carry out the audit.
COVID-19 crisis in India
The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc in India, with the demand for hospital beds, medical oxygen and medicines skyrocketing. While the daily surge in COVID-19 cases has reduced, the fatalities due to the viral infection continue to remain high.
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