Opposition slams Khattar govt on Covid-19 data mismatch
Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said glaring discrepancies in Haryana figures were not only perplexing but bordered on the deliberateUpdated: Jun 04, 2020 11:12 IST
Slamming the Haryana government for its ‘inept’ handling of Covid-19 data, the state Congress on Wednesday said the government was “asleep at the wheel”.
Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said glaring discrepancies in Haryana’s Covid-19 figures were not only perplexing but bordered on the deliberate.
“Does chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar realise its serious public health ramifications?” Surjewala asked, reacting to the HT’s report on discrepancies in state’s Covid-19 data vis a vis Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) statistics.
The Congress leader said, “How will a blame game resolve the serious flaws in contact tracing and surveillance? Affirmative action needs to be taken.”
Rajya Sabha MP Deepender Hooda in a tweet said, “Haryana may head towards a Corona crisis as the government has little data to carry out contact tracing & take remedial action (sic).”
Haryana may head towards a Corona crisis as the government has little data to carry out contact tracing & take remedial action. Urge the government, testing companies to come together to resolve this crisis. Important news break by Hitender Rao of @htTweets pic.twitter.com/r4eRGD56yo— Deepender S Hooda (@DeependerSHooda) June 3, 2020
‘Take action against pvt labs’
Reacting to the Covid-19 data discrepancy, former leader of opposition and INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala said it only demonstrated the callousness of the state government. “It is shocking to know that private labs are not informing the government about Covid-19 testing and positive cases. And, they are also getting away with it. Punitive action should be taken against such private labs and FIRs should be registered against them,” he said, adding that data discrepancy can have serious ramifications in a pandemic situation.
Chautala said health minister Anil Vij should adopt a proactive approach in the matter:
“Vij is also the home minister and should get the matter investigated rather than keeping people in the dark. The government needs to restore public confidence,” he said.
PVT LABS TOYING WITH LIVES: BALRAJ KUNDU
Independent MLA from Meham, Balraj Kundu, who had withdrawn his support to the BJP-JJP government, said health authorities in the state had no clue about what was happening on the ground.
“Strict action should be initiated against the errant private labs. By suppressing Covid-19 testing data they are toying with the health and lives of people of Haryana,’’ the independent MLA said.
Kundu said that it was unfortunate that Haryana health authorities failed to check the private labs.
“Anil Vij is an outspoken minister, but his words have no impact. In a crisis like this, people of the state want action,” he added.