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CM and his ministers have gone into hiding – Sukhbir Singh Badal

AMRIK SINGH | May 30, 2021 11:06 AM

KATHUNANGAL: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal today it was unfortunate that chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh and his ministers had gone into hiding during a period of crisis and demanded the Congress government take note of the lack of vaccines and purchase vaccine doses worth Rs 1,000 crore to vaccinate the entire State in the next six months.

The SAD President was here to inaugurate the tenth Covid Care centre established by the SGPC here along with Shiromani Committee President Bibi Jagir Kaur.

Senior leader Bikram Singh Majithia, who was also there on the occasion, disclosed that besides the 25 bedded Covid Centre and creation of a separate Isolation ward for people who had been asked to isolate themselves, the party had also started Oxygen Sewa in the constituency with fifteen oxygen concentrators. He said while the SGPC had established the facility, as many as 65 oxygen concentrators for the Covid Care centre and the Oxygen Sewa initiative had been donated by prominent citizens and NRIs including Dr Pushpant Singh Grewal of Patiala, Nikhil Kilachand of Dubai and Jay Sidhu. He disclosed that the Oxygen Sewa was being initiated with five concentrators each at Majithia, Kathunangal and Mattewal. Mr Majithia also disclosed that the entire Sewa was being done by keeping politics aside. “We have even offered help to Congress leader Ashwani Sekhri from the neighbouring constituency of Batala”, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal said “it appears there is no government on the ground. While chief ministers in other States have made arrangements for vaccines, the Congress government is banking solely on the meager supply of the central government which has also dried up. The government should allocate Rs 1,000 crore for purchasing vaccine doses to vaccinate the entire state population in the next six months”.

Speaking of the current situation, Mr Badal said people had been left to their fate. “Residents of border areas are suffering the most due to lack of medical facilities”. He said the SAD was helping these people by supplying oxygen concentrators in border areas. He also expressed shock at how private hospitals were fleecing people by charging as much as Rs 60,000 for life saving injections. He also gave the example of a family which was charged a bill of Rs 21 lakh by Amandeep hospital in Amritsar for treatment of a patient who succumbed to the pandemic.

Mr Badal disclosed that the SAD had collected 500 concentrators and had now extended its Oxygen Sewa initiative to twenty five constituencies. He appealed to NGOs and social organizations to strengthen this movement further by ensuring more concentrators could be delivered to the people.

Speaking on the occasion, SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur said while Vaccine Sewa had been initiated today, the Committee wanted to import Pfizer vaccine doses on a big scale from the United States. “We had applied for permission for the same but have not got the same till now”. She said other help including hundred ventilators was however being sent to Punjab by NRIs abroad.

 

 
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