Opacity in PM CARES Fund placing lives in danger: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, July 5

The Congress on Sunday accused the federal government of “wasting” the lockdown by not ramping up well being infrastructure and procuring “substandard” ventilators which might be essential for essential COVID-19 sufferers, with Rahul Gandhi charging that “opacity” within the PM CARES Fund is placing lives of Indians in danger.

Using the hashtag “BJPfailsCoronaFight”, Gandhi tweeted: “PMCares opacity is: 1. Putting Indian lives at risk. 2. Ensuring public money is used to buy sub-standard products.”

He additionally tagged a information report a couple of personal 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 “scam” within the buy of ventilators.

“The ‘Ventilators’ Scam! Out of Rs 2,000 crore allocated for 50,000 ventilators, only 1,340 ventilators delivered till 23rd June. No open tendering. Inferior Quality. Purchase Price of Rs 4 Lakh instead of the quoted price of Rs 1.5 Lakh per ventilator,” he stated in a tweet.

At a digital press convention, Congress spokesperson Gaurav Vallabh expressed concern over the rise in coronavirus infections within the nation and accused the federal government of “wasting time” by not utilising the lockdown interval to ramp up the well being infrastructure.

He additionally questioned the federal government why just one,340 ventilators might be procured until June 22 whereas it had positioned an order for 50,000 on March 31.

He stated the precise procurement is towards the declare made by BJP president JP Nadda that the nation would have 60,000 ventilators by June-end.

Vallabh additionally alleged, “confusion and delay” in ordering ventilators, “financial impropriety” and lack of transparency in spending PM-CARES fund, and provide of “substandard” ventilators.

With a document single-day surge of 24,850 coronavirus infections and 613 fatalities, India’s COVID-19 caseload zoomed to six,73,165, whereas the dying toll as a result of illness climbed to 19,268 on Sunday, in response to the Union Health Ministry.

With this, the nation has recorded over 20,000 instances of the an infection for the third consecutive day.

According to the Johns Hopkins University, which has been compiling COVID-19 information from everywhere in the world, India is the fourth worst-hit nation by the pandemic after the US, Brazil and Russia and on the eighth place when it comes to the dying toll as a result of illness.

“The way the corona cases in the country are rising, it is worrisome. I pray that the peak comes soon and this country is freed from the virus,” the Congress spokesperson stated.

“Lockdown was a pause button and it should have been used to ramp up health infrastructure. But the government has wasted time and has indulged in mismanagement in procuring ventilators. As per the government, only 1,340 ventilators have been procured till June 22, whereas the BJP chief claimed in a virtual rally that the country will have 60,000 ventilators by June-end. Why so few ventilators have been procured in more than 2.5 months. Who is responsible?” he requested.

The Congress chief additionally stated Rs 2,000 crore was allotted from the PM-CARES fund for procuring 50,000 ventilators with every costing round Rs Four lakh, whereas an organization was supplying ventilators to the federal government at Rs 1.5 lakh solely.

“Does the PM-CARES order of 50,000 ventilators include 40,000 ordered by the government earlier. Where has the PM-CARES money gone and why is there an abnormal delay in procuring them…. Has PM-CARES opted for open tendering to ensure transparency in government procurement? The PM-CARES funds are also public funds,” he stated.

Alleging that substandard materials and ventilators are being procured by the federal government from some personal gamers, Vallabh requested: “Why the government is compromising with the health of people by bringing substandard material.”

The opposition chief stated within the curiosity of people who find themselves struggling for his or her well being, the federal government ought to reply the questions raised by Congress.

He stated neither was the federal government answering questions on the border tussle with China nor was it popping out with details on the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Prime Minister and the Health Minister should reply to these questions raised by us in the interest of the health of the people of the country,” he stated. PTI

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