Covid-19 testing: MHA phrases Delhi Health Minister’s allegation baseless

Mukesh Ranjan

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 27

Denying the allegations leveled in opposition to it by Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain with regard to coronavirus testing, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday stated the insinuation was “false and baseless”.

In a letter to Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, the Delhi Health Minister had alleged that the MHA had been placing stress on town authorities officers to not enhance testing within the National Capital.

The MHA in a collection of tweets stated, “As such, any allegation that this Ministry is putting pressure on Delhi government officers not to increase testing in the National Capital is absolutely without any basis.” 

It stated, “The letter of the Delhi Health Minister has annexed a note of the officers of the Delhi government. It may be noted that this note has made no mention whatsoever of any instruction of the MHA on the matter of increasing testing in Delhi.”

The word has solely proposed that the views of an professional committee headed by NITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul “may be taken on the proposed enhancement in testing in Delhi, for technical guidance on various issues such as mix of RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen, categories geographical areas and demographic etc.”

In its rebuttal, the MHA additional stated, “In this context, it may be recalled that it was after the intervention of the Union Home Minister Amit Shah that the daily tests in Delhi, which were averaging around 4,000 per day till mid June 2020 have gone up to around 18-20 thousand per day in a calibrated manner.”

The marked enchancment within the COVID-19 state of affairs in Delhi has been doable on account of enhanced testing and different containment measures, the MHA asserted.


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