187 eminent personalities write letter panning government
It was distressing, the signatories stated, to see Indians scrambling to entry primary healthcare providers.
In a scathing criticism of the Narendra Modi government’s dealing with of the COVID-19 pandemic, 187 eminent personalities, together with teachers, activists, authors, film-makers and professionals, accused the government of reneging on its ethical and constitutional obligations in an open letter.
The signatories embody Aruna Roy, Kaushik Basu, Romila Thapar, Harsh Mander, Rajmohan Gandhi, Wilson Bezwada and Prabhat Patnaik. The signatories demanded that the government help the civil society, which had stepped up in the course of the pandemic.
It was distressing, they stated, to see Indians scrambling to entry primary healthcare providers.
“The visuals of the deceased lying on roads, floating in rivers and riverbeds has pricked the world’s collective conscience. This situation is especially shocking because we all expected that the Indian State would tackle this crisis resolutely. Instead of deploying the many resources it commands to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the State seems to have reneged on its moral and constitutional responsibilities,” they wrote.
Most political events, the letter stated, had been able to work in a non-partisan method, however the Union government was reluctant to cooperate. It neither welcomed solutions, nor created a really nationwide process power comprising all events, State governments, specialists and civil society to sort out the unprecedented scenario.
Despite a historical past of profitable mass vaccination campaigns previously 70 years, it was distressing that the government had outsourced the procurement of vaccines to severely stretched State governments at differential and exorbitant charges, they stated.
“What is especially nauseating is that amidst this chaos, there is an attempt to hide and obfuscate the gravity of the situation, while governments harass journalists and citizens for speaking the truth. Equally shockingly, billions of dollars are being squandered on wasteful projects such as the Central Vista and a new residence for the Prime Minister in the capital city,” they added.