Medical infrastructure in West Bengal is “stressed” in the course of the pandemic because the state has not carried out the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat scheme, which Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar claimed has performed a “significant role” in the course of the COVID-19 disaster.
The Constitution and the nation calls upon all to work in tandem and never in a confrontation mode, the governor mentioned after launching the part three regulatory trial of indigenously developed coronavirus vaccine “Covaxin” at ICMR- NICED on Wednesday.
“Because of Ayushman Bharat all over the country, we could have witnessed growth in the medical world… unfortunately some could not (take) part in this great venture, our state of West Bengal could not, our health infrastructure was stressed on that count,” Mr Dhankhar mentioned.
A combative Trinamool Congress hit again with senior state minister Firhad Hakim criticising the governor for “bringing in politics” whereas launching the part three trial of “Covaxin”.
The TMC authorities had mentioned in September that it will implement the Ayushman Bharat scheme if funds for the programme are routed by means of the state administration, opposite to the provisions laid down by the Centre.
The governor held that transparency and accountability have to be adopted for democratic governance which requires believing within the rule of legislation and constitutional propriety.
Mr Dhankhar mentioned that he’s eager to know the result of a probe ordered by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who additionally holds the Health portfolio, over alleged irregularities within the buy of medical gear associated to tackling the COVID-19.
He mentioned, the chief minister had constituted a committee in August to probe the alleged irregularities.
Claiming that purchases made in the course of the pandemic value Rs 2,000 crore allegedly suffered from severe flaws, together with “patronage, corruption”, the governor questioned “whether those to be investigated, be the investigators themselves”.
“We are shaming our civilisation if people can create opportunities to make money during a pandemic…I am sure that the government will heed my voice that the report should be made public,” he mentioned.
Mr Dhankhar, who has been engaged in bitter standoff with the Trinamool Congress dispensation within the state over a number of points since he took over because the governor in July, 2019, mentioned, “the federal government is having a collection in opposition to the governor, each day you can find one or one other batsman being fielded.
“The governor is guided solely by the Indian Constitution, no quantity of hiccups, no quantity of deterrence will deter me; I’ll vindicate my oath, come what could, below all circumstances.”
“I don’t assume the governor ought to have introduced in politics or talked about Ayushman Bharat right here (whereas inaugurating the Phase three trials). I don’t assume such an individual is eligible to be on that chair,” Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim mentioned after being administered a shot of the coronavirus vaccine in the course of the part three trial right here within the