LS debate on Covid-19: Oppn says govt mishandled second wave, seeks vaccine roadmap

Opposition events on Thursday sought to nook the federal government over its dealing with of the second wave of the pandemic earlier this 12 months, gradual tempo of vaccination and poor genome sequencing of the virus throughout a debate on Covid-19 in Lok Sabha.

Quite just a few MPs additionally raised the difficulty of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image on vaccine certificates, arguing that each one states had equally contributed in combating the pandemic and in vaccination, and requested what was the federal government’s plan on offering booster doses within the wake of the Omicron variant of the virus.

Congress chief within the House Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary mentioned that lower than 30% of the nation’s inhabitants had been absolutely vaccinated and requested what the federal government was doing to completely vaccinate all adults within the face of the brand new Omicron variant of the virus.

“You got to know [about Omicron] on November 26. But you started screening at airports from December 1. Last time also we got to know about Wuhan much before, but we acted late. According to Johns Hopkins vaccine tracker, only 27.30 % of India’s population is fully vaccinated. China has fully vaccinated 76% of its population. What steps are you taking to fully vaccinate all adults? You said you will vaccinate all by the end of December 2021,” Chaudhary mentioned, including that had the federal government acted in time earlier than the second wave, so many lives wouldn’t have been misplaced.

He additionally mocked some members of the federal government and the ruling celebration over their supposed non-scientific response to the unfold of the virus. “(Piyush) Goyal said consume less oxygen, Rajnath Singh says read Ramcharit Manas, BJP leaders say drink cow urine and Ramdev says take Coronil. And Harshwardhan ji and Gadkari ji sit with him to advertise. This is our state. In view of that, please tell us the roadmap [to deal with Omicron],” Chaudhary mentioned.

Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy blamed the Prime Minister. “The pandemic had started [before the first wave hit India] and I went to the PM and told him why don’t you adjourn the House. He said people just want vacation and that is why they are asking for the House to be adjourned. Five days later, the PM said bang utensils… Then in January 2021, he said we have been victorious against Covid. Then second wave came. Had the PM not been complacent, this would not have happened.”

BSP MP Ritesh Pandey mentioned India sends the least variety of samples for genome sequencing, which was a matter of concern within the wake of Omicron variant. “We send the least number of samples for genome sequencing. PMO said (earlier) genome sequencing was not needed as the virus is genetically stable. As much as 12 crore vaccines are going to expire. Our vaccine management has failed,” he mentioned.

AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi requested the federal government what it was doing for genome sequencing and to guard youngsters. “Had the government stayed awake, the second wave would not have come. CoWIN portal says only 33% people are fully vaccinated. What have you done to save children. They are not vaccinated. It is seven months since health workers were vaccinated. When will they get booster shots,” he mentioned. “You gave 25% vaccines to private hospitals and they vaccinated only 9%. Had Supreme Court not intervened, you would have given 50%. You ordered vaccines in 2021. You are responsible for lakhs of people dying in India.”

RSP member N Okay Premchandran mentioned, “Second wave hit India like Tsunami. Who is responsible? On April 1, non-availability of oxygen was flagged. Nothing was done to ensure the availability of oxygen. So many people died. Even in November 2020, parliamentary committee cautioned the government about this. There was no proper planning for vaccination.”

Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi mentioned the ruling BJP has forgotten the devastation brought on by the second wave of the pandemic. “The PM asked the nation to remain vigilant regarding Covid-19. Other MPs of the BJP also need to ask citizens to remain vigilant and follow Covid-19 preventive measures. Earlier this year, on several forums the government declared victory over Covid-19 and it was months before the Covid-19 second wave, which caused large numbers of deaths and forced us to ask foreign nations for ventilators and equipment for oxygen generation,” he mentioned.

Enquiring in regards to the standing of the Covid vaccine’s second dose drive, he mentioned, “Citing Assam’s vaccination data, I can say that vaccination records rose leading to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday and it fell days after that and it was also low days before the event.”

Gogoi additionally accused the federal government of ignoring warning indicators, resulting in an acute scarcity of beds, oxygen cylinders and ventilators through the second wave.

Initiating the talk earlier within the day, Shiv Sena’s Vinayak Raut appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the chief ministers for working collectively to struggle the pandemic. However, he accused the federal government of disproportionate distribution of vaccine doses.

He requested the federal government to think about passing a laws with stringent measures in opposition to those that tried to use the pandemic scenario. “Some private hospitals have exploited the situation – they tried to cash in on the helplessness of the people. There has to be a law with stringent punitive measures to punish such people,” Raut mentioned.

Maintaining that he didn’t wish to blame the Prime Minister or the central authorities, he mentioned contractors who had been given the duty of distributing ventilators with the PM-CARES fund didn’t do a great job. “More than 60 per cent of the ventilators that came to Maharashtra are still lying unused. The contractors provided faulty ventilators,” he mentioned, including that there have been irregularities in development of oxygen crops at authorities hospitals too.

Raut additionally demanded coordination amongst states, in addition to with the Centre, over the brand new Omicron variant of the virus. “There needs to be clarity in the Centre’s directives on Omicron… the Prime Minister’s responsibility is for the entire 130 crore population. It should not be so that you look at Maharashtra with a sly glance, help Gujarat in good measure and make maximum allocations to Uttar Pradesh because it is going to polls. Allocations should be made on the basis of the population,” he mentioned.

BJP’s Rattan Lal Kataria mentioned the Opposition mustn’t politicise the difficulty. “The Opposition has a role in democracy and they should play that role, but should not to politicise things when it comes to serving humanity. They should encourage people engaged in the fight against the pandemic,” he mentioned.

Kataria mentioned there’s a should be extra cautious in gentle of the brand new variant of the virus. “It is not the time to sit comfortably, we have to be vigilant,” he mentioned.

Responding to the allegation that the Centre favoured BJP- dominated states in supplying vaccines, Kataria mentioned a number of Opposition-ruled states approached different nations for vaccines and added they have been informed that vaccine makers would solely take care of the central authorities.

DMK’s D N V Senthilkumar S mentioned the federal government’s response to the pandemic was not proactive. He mentioned the Standing Committee on Health had warned the federal government about the specter of second wave and lack of oxygen, ventilators and different medical tools however the authorities ignored these strategies. He slammed the federal government for imposing a nationwide lockdown with simply four-hour discover. “We saw migrant workers walking hundreds of kilometres without any help from the government,” he mentioned.

CPM’s A M Arif mentioned individuals had paid the value of presidency’s overconfidence. “A lockdown was imposed without consultation on preparations. We were forced by government to see hundreds of bodies floating in the Ganges. While the government refused to give liquid cash in hands, petroleum product prices went sky high. PM-CARES fund operates in the most opaque manner.”

YSRCP’s Sri Krishna Devarayalu Lavu mentioned the second wave got here as a result of the pillars of democracy didn’t work. “Judiciary never bothered about migrants. They said we cannot act based on media reports. Media did not focus on the pandemic until the crisis reached Delhi. Election commission allowed elections in West Bengal, UP and Andhra Pradesh despite the pandemic leading to thousands of lives being lost. Then IPL was happening in the country. It was like watching the band playing on titanic. This was all because of overconfidence,” he mentioned including that the federal government should assessment availability of beds, oxygen and conduct testing not simply at airports but additionally in districts.