BKU (Ugrahan) starts sit-in protest in Patiala
3-day-long protest in Punjab CM’s hometown calls for efficient steps from Congress govt. to manage COVID-19 pandemic
Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan), one of many largest farmer outfits in Punjab, on Friday began a 3-day-long sit-in protest in Patiala in opposition to the Congress authorities over its alleged failure to take care of the continued COVID-19 scenario, whilst Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh urged the outfit to not go forward with the protest, apprehending the occasion would flip right into a super-spreader occasion for COVID-19.
Farmers related to the BKU(U) demanded the State authorities take efficient steps to manage COVID-19 pandemic. Besides, farmers additionally urged the Congress authorities to rally spherical to strengthen the farmers’ battle in opposition to the three new farm legal guidelines and different calls for made to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) authorities on the Centre.
Sukhdev Singh, common secretary of BKU (U), stated the protest was being held with all COVID-19 precautions in place. Mr. Singh stated the State authorities had failed to manage the scenario arising out of COVID-19 pandemic. “There is a shortage of doctors and health workers in the hospitals and people are not getting proper treatment. In the absence of staff, ventilators and other equipment in government hospitals are not being put to optimum use. Corona-related medicines and oxygen are being black-marketed in the State,” he stated.
He demanded that new recruitment must be finished instantly in the Health Department and vaccines must be made obtainable to all individuals freed from cost. Free COVID-19 assessments must be organized in each metropolis, city and village, he added.
“All large private hospitals should be brought under government control. The rates of treatment of corona patients in small private hospitals should be capped. We want the State government to resolve all the issues,” he added.
Mr. Singh stated that amid the lockdown restrictions virtually all sections of the society have been struggling, and due to this fact the restrictions must be instantly lifted. “The State government should ensure adequate financial support for the livelihood, employment, income and business of the people as people have been adversely impacted by lockdown restrictions,” he stated.