Dissatisfied with the state government's reply on the swine flu situation in Rajasthan, Opposition BJP today staged a walkout from the Assembly, alleging the government had failed to control the disease and provide medical care to patients.
Senior BJP MLA G C Kataria who led the walkout alleged that Health Minister A A Ahmed had skipped the real issue of swine flu.
Kataria said that for a two-minute reply, Ahmed took 32 minutes by reading the entire reply that would have been tabled in the house.
Main questioner of BJP Bhawani Singh Rajawat had asked whether the state government would pay any compensation or ex-gratia to those who died of swine flu and why the state medical machinery was so late in taking measures to contain the disease.
Ahmed said that swine flu testing labs would be set up in Kota, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Ajmer at the earliest.
Earlier in his reply, the minister had said that 196 people had died in the state till March 9, 2010 of the disease.
He said 40 people had died in Jodhpur followed by 30, in Jaipur, Nagaur 15, Ajmer 10, Barmer and Bikaner 9 each and Jaisalmer 8.
On another question of BJP MLA Ramhet Singh Yadav, Minister Hemaram Choudhary assured the House that dependents of war martyrs would be given top priority.
On a question by Congress MLA Colonel Sonaram Choudhary, Rural Development Minister Bharat Singh said Anagan Bari Kendra would be set up at a desired place in the state and there was no dearth of funds for it.