Margao: Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat on Wednesday alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was giving priority to new house for Prime Minister and monuments over hospitals, oxygen and ventilators.
In a statement, he said,”The approval given by the Expert Appraisal Committee of Infra2 projects to ten common official complex buildings including new residence of the Prime Minister has made it clear that the priorities of the insensitive BJP Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi are of building new residence for PM, monuments and memorials over hospitals, oxygen, ventilators, medicines and vaccines.”
It was shocking that when the entire nation was feeling lost with non-availability of hospital beds, oxygen, ventilators, medicines and vaccines, the BJP government had declared the Central Vista project worth Rs 20,000 crore in New Delhi as “Essential Service”, he said, adding the government had also announced that the new residence of the Prime Minister would be ready by December 2022 which was a clear admission that the work would go on when the country was grappling with Covid pandemic.
”The estimated cost of this phase of the project is Rs. 13,450 crore,” Mr Kamat said.
”The government has no funds to procure Covid Vaccines on top priority and give them free to the citizens. Patients are dying due to complete mismanagement by the Modi Government as they failed to create necessary healthcare infrastructure, facilities and services in last one year despite being fully aware that second wave of Covid will hit soon. BJP Government in Goa is also toeing the same line of the Central Government. They kept the completion of South Goa District Hospital on hold for almost eight years. Today, a private hospital can get required stock of Covid Vaccines but the Government fails. They have money to construct memorials spending 10 to 15 crores but dont pay social welfare beneficiaries like Gruha Aadhar, Persons with Disabilities, Widows, Senior Citizens, Seafarers, Laadli Laxmi and others in time,” the former Chief Minister said.
Stating that BJP government at the Centre as well as the state had lost moral right to continue in power, he said,”Today, people are dying on streets as they don’t get opportunity to get admitted in hospitals. Medical healthcare fraternity is exhausted. From patients to doctors, students to teachers everyone is pleading for help, but the irresponsible and insensitive BJP national president announces of “Dharna”. This is beyond humanity.”