Amid Omicron concern, LS takes up Covid discussion

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New Delhi, Dec 2 : Lok Sabha on Thursday took up a debate on the Covid-19 situation, amid rising concerns over the Omicron variant of concern.

Initiating the debate, Vinayak Raut of Shiv Sena said there should be no politics in the debate on the pandemic, and lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for steps taken, but also mentioned the non functioning ventilators bought under PM Cares fund.

He also raised the issue of compensation for kin of Covid victims, and accused the union government of providing more vaccines to BJP-ruled states.

“Whole country stood by the PM, whether it was about lighting lamps, beating thaalis, or vaccination. Even though there is Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government in the state, CM Uddhav Thackeray did not do any politics on the issue. Whenever PM called a meeting, Maharashtra government was there,” Raut said.

Maharashtra has Shiv Sena in alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party and Congress along with other parties in the government.

Raising the issue of ventilators under PM Cares not functioning, the MP said it was not the government’s fault, but the contractors who supplied faulty equipment should not be spared.

He also talked about the vaccination drive, and said while we are celebrating 100 crore vaccinations, only 38 per cent of the population has received both doses of vaccine.

“Have two doses of vaccine been given to 100 crore people? Around 45.82 crore people have received double dose of vaccine. Would this be considered a solution? We cannot celebrate till double dose of vaccine is administered,” he said.

He also questioned the government over the plans for paying compensation to the kin of those who died due to Covid.

“Supreme Court has said that those who died due to Covid should be helped. Union government has not yet decided on it. If this decision is taken their families would get some help,” said Raut.

He also urged government to act on the unemployment situation, and questioned the privatisation of PSUs.

Ahead of the discussion being initiated under Rule 193, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla expressed his wish for a positive exchange.

“We are going to discuss the Covid situation, In the last two years it has affected humanity, it has affected the social and economic situation in India and all over the world. India has faced this challenge together, and we have learnt many lessons,” the Speaker said.

“But with the new variant ‘Omicron’, concerns have increased. It is a good opportunity to discuss this issue. I hope a positive discussion would be held,” he said urging MPs to share their experiences.


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