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New Delhi, Dec 3 : Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday hit out at the Opposition, accusing it of doing ‘politics’ over Covid deaths and oxygen availability during the second wave of the pandemic, despite the Centre being ‘transparent’ on these matter.
In reply to a supplementary question in the Lok Sabha, Mandaviya, without naming the Opposition, said, “Since outbreak of second wave of Corona, ‘politics’ over oxygen started. Even in such a situation some people did not stop doing politics.”
The Union Minister informed the House that Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his meetings with the chief ministers had reiterated that states should not hide Covid deaths, and oxygen shortage deaths, and report both properly.
“Centre through letters to states between July and August had asked for report over Covid and oxygen shortage deaths. Altogether, 19 states, including UP, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam responded.
“Only, Punjab had said it had reported four ‘suspected’ deaths because of oxygen shortage,” Mandaviya said.
In a veiled attack at the Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government, the minister said that some states had gone to court and shown increased demand for oxygen and got the same for their respective states.
“Government made every possible effort and increased oxygen production in the country. The Centre has been transparent in all such matters. I request everyone that this is not an issue of politics. They should notice the efforts made by the Centre,” the Health Minister said.
Last month, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi demanded the Centre to release “correct figures” of Covid-19 deaths and also compensate families, who have lost their loved ones due to Covid-19, with an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each.