Ropar: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday said it was unfortunate that chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh was impervious to the suffering of Punjabis and was refusing to give them any relief be it waiving off power and water bills for a six month period or offering a comprehensive package to skilled workers, small shopkeepers and taxi, auto and rickshaw operators.
The SAD President was here to inaugurate a 25 bed Covid Care centre established by the Shiromani Committee which is equipped with oxygen concentrators. SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur was also present on the occasion besides former minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema who disclosed that the local branch of the India Medical Association (IMA) had also offered to volunteer its services at the Covid Care Centre.
Speaking about the manner in which the Congress government was handling the Covid crisis, Mr Badal said “the Congress party is busy in fighting for the top chair instead of fighting Covid. The SAD has been appealing to the chief minister to provide some relief to the people who have suffered immensely due to prolonged lockdowns but it seems as if we are talking to stones”. He said the government had also failed to get its act together on the healthcare front despite recording the highest mortality rate in the country with 13,000 persons succumbing to the disease including 3,000 in the last one month alone. “The government has refused to encourage people to come forward and get treated by offering free medical treatment in private hospitals as the facilities available in the government sector are not adequate. Similarly our plea to establish Covid Care centres at the block level on the pattern done by SGPC at seven places has also fallen on deaf ears”.