Congratulations to Himanta Biswa Ji and the other Ministers who took oath today.
I am confident this team will add momentum to the development journey of Assam and fulfil aspirations of the people.
My valued colleague Sarbanand Sonowal Ji was at the helm of a pro-people and pro-development administration over the last five years.
His contribution towards Assam’s progress and strengthening the party in the state is immense.
Congress Working Committee Briefing by Shri KC Venugopal and Shri RS Surjewala via INC India:
The Congress Working Committee met today amidst an unprecedented public health crisis. The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is nothing short of a grave calamity and a direct consequence of the Modi government’s indifference, insensitivity and incompetence
It’s the direct result of GoI’s wilful disregard of scientific advice, premature declaration of victory over pandemic, unwillingness & inability to plan in advance in spite of warnings by public health experts and Standing Committee of Parliament concerned
The Congress Working Committee is deeply concerned about the Modi government’s vaccination strategy. Vaccine supplies are grossly insufficient, yet the government denies the hard facts. The pricing policy is opaque and discriminatory
And contrary to economic and all other logic, the government has passed on the financial responsibility for vaccinating the 18-44 year population to the State governments, which are already facing severe financial stress
Worse, the mandatory online registration without a walk-in option will exclude and may have already excluded millions of our citizens, particularly those in rural areas and those belonging to the weaker sections of society
Dr. Manmohan Singh wrote to PM giving 5 specific suggestions to increase vaccine supplies & coverage. Instead of taking his suggestions in constructive spirit in which they were offered, PM instructed Union Health Minister to reply in a most undignified manner
Since the last meeting of the Congress Working Committee, it is widely noticed that the infection has traveled massively into rural areas with zero access to RT PCR testing, medicines, oxygen or hospitalisation resulting into a large number of painful deaths
Even across the country, the inhumane crisis of non-availability of oxygen, hospital beds, Remdesivir – Ivermectin – Tocilizumab injections and vaccines reflects the criminal failure of the central government
This has happened despite India producing sufficient quantity of Oxygen and Remdesivir injections as also the vaccines. The CWC noted with concern that the data on Covid deaths is horribly wrong and afflicted by massive non-reporting of deaths
The solution lies in facing the challenge and stopping the casualties from Covid-19 and not in concealing the truth by burying the data on deaths and infections
CWC expresses its revulsion at the shocking expenditure priorities of the Modi government
At a time when nation’s resources should be devoted to ensuring expansion of vaccination coverage, supply of essential medicines & oxygen, Modi Govt is indulging in criminal waste of money by continuing personal vanity project of PM in the national capital
This is the height of callousness and insensitivity as also an insult to the people of the country
Congress Working Committee appreciates the assistance that has been offered and given by international community at this time of national crisis. However, it needs to be said there is total non-transparency in the distribution & utilisation of these supplies
Our desperate need for assistance is also a sad reflection of the governance and policy failures of the Modi government
The Congress Working Committee is of the firm belief that this a time for showing an unwavering sense of national unity, purpose and resolve
In order that it may become a reality, the Prime Minister must atone for his mistakes and commit to serving the people instead of carrying on with personal agenda, oblivious to the suffering all around
The Congress Party commits to fighting the Covid-19 pandemic with its entire might and will support every people-friendly initiative of the government in fighting the pandemic
The CWC considered the election schedule for electing the AICC President as proposed by Central Election Authority of the Party
In view of the nationwide emergent conditions prevailing on account of unprecedented Corona pandemic, the CWC was unanimous that all our energies should be channelized towards saving every life and helping every Covid affected person
CWC, therefore, unanimously resolved to defer the elections temporarily in the midst of these challenging times
Rahul Gandhi – Former Congress President:
Message to the app-dependent Modi government:
- Unfortunately Corona is also happening to those who do not have internet facility – that is, more than half the population of the country!
- Apps like ‘Unqualified Setu and NoWin’ will not save, but two jabs of vaccine will.
MK Stalin – CM, Tamil Nadu:
There are 2.07 crore rice family card holders in Tamil Nadu.
One of the election promises made was to give a Covid 19 cash relief of Rs 4000/-
The first instalment of Rs. 2000 towards this is being given in May itself to protect the livelihood of the people.
Launched the disbursement from the State Secretariat
Dr. Ashwathnarayan – Dy CM, Karnataka
Visited the Karnataka covid war room & reviewed operational efficacy.
Discussed with officials the need to fasten the process.
Have strictly instructed to generate the BU No. within 24 hours. Those labs that do not abide by this will have to pay a fine of Rs.150/- per test.
Hospitalization would be done based on the evaluation carried out.
We are reserving 2500 beds daily in both government and private hospitals to accommodate the patients.
We are fulfilling beds, oxygen and Remdesivir requirements through the SOS portal
We are taking all measures to increase the number of ICU & Oxygen beds. We are adding 10,000 beds in Bengaluru city & 10,000 in other parts of the state.
We will take stringent action against both overcharging of medical services and black marketing of drugs.
Aaditya Thackeray – Minister, Maharashtra Govt. :
- Looking at the need for adequate vaccines to ensure that vaccination is swift & efficient, after discussing the issue with CM Uddhav Thackeray ji, as guardian minister of Mumbai, we have asked BMC to explore possibilities of global procurement of vaccines.
- We are also working on a method to ensure that the non tech savvy citizens and those who can’t operate the CoWin app with ease, and for their access to vaccines in time.
- Our efforts to increase vaccination centres are constantly on going and the BMC shall be having a centre in every municipal ward, along with a drive in vaccination centre across all zones of Mumbai, on my humble request to Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar ji and MC Chahal ji
- Today the BMC has also issued guidelines for vaccination policy of housing societies partnering with hospitals for vaccination within society complexes.
- I request all other cities in Maharashtra to also have the drive in vaccination for citizens above the age of 65 for their ease and comfort.
Overcoming all hurdles and finding new solutions, Indian Railways is continuing its journey of bringing relief by delivering Liquid Medical Oxygen(LMO) to various states across the country.
So far, Indian Railways has delivered nearly 4700 MT of LMO in more than 295 tankers to various states across the country.
Yesterday Oxygen Expresses delivered record 831 MT of LMO, a record for One Single day.
75 Oxygen Expresses have already completed their journey so far.
It is Indian Railways endeavour to deliver as much LMO as possible in the shortest time possible to the requesting states.
Till the time of this release,
293 MT of LMO has been offloaded in Maharashtra,
1334 MT in UP,
306 MT in MP,
598 MT in Haryana,
123 MT in Telangana,
40 MT in Rajasthan and
2011 MT in Delhi.
First Oxygen Express to Karnataka has also started its journey from Tatanagar in Jharkhand and is on the way to Bengaluru with 120 MT of Oxygen.
Running of new Oxygen Expresses is a very dynamic exercise and figures keep getting updated all the time.
More loaded Oxygen Expresses are expected to start their journeys later in the night.
P Chidambaram – Former Union Finance Minister:
- BJP spokesperson charges Delhi government with spending crores of rupees on advertisements without using the money for improving health infrastructure.
- Criticism justified.
- BJP government spending a small amount of Rs 20,000 crore for the Central Vista including a modest new house for the PM.
- Criticism unjustified.
Pinarayi Vijayan – Chief Minister, Kerala:
- Kerala had set apart 50% beds in Pvt. Hospitals for Covid care. Plus, KASP beneficiaries and Govt. referred patients get free COVID19 treatment in all Empanelled Pvt. Hospitals.
- Now we have regulated and standardised the rates as well.
- First batch of the Covishield vaccines Kerala had ordered has arrived today.
- 3.5L doses have arrived at Kochi, and will be distributed across the State.
500 ICU beds have been constructed in 2 weeks at Ramlila Maidan opp. GTB hospital.Arvind Kejriwal – Chief Minister, Delhi
Patients will be admitted from tomorrow.
My heartfelt gratitude to all the engineers who made it happen in record time.
Pinarayi Vijayan – Chief Minister, Kerala:
Kerala will reach out to StartUps in an effort to ensure that Pulse Oximeters are available at an affordable price.
Innovation should benefit the society at large, especially in times such as this.
Biplab Kumar Deb – Chief Minister, Tripura:
- Attended the swearing in ceremony of newly-elected chief minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma ji.
- I am sure Assam will touch newer heights under his able and dynamic leadership.
- We will work as a team to take North East to newer heights of success and development.
As we begin the 14-day strict restriction to break the chain of infection, I request all citizens to follow the guidelines in letter and spirit.
Your cooperation is crucial to contain the spread of the virus.
Together we can defeat the pandemic.
As the unloading of LMO tanks of Air Liquide Group began in Mumbai early this morning, I visited INS Trikand to thank the office of the Consulate General of France in Bombay for it’s hand of friendship in times of pandemic.Aaditya Thackeray – Minister, Maharashtra Govt.
I also thanked the Indian Navy for it’s crucial support to this mission. Merci Beaucoup
I was later joined by the Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar ji to welcome INS Trikand with the LMO tanks.
The ‘BJYM Doctor Helpline’ has been working round the clock.Tejasvi Surya – National President, BJYM
Efficiency of our 400+ doctors has enabled us to address 28000+ calls until now.
We facilitated a further training session on Tele-Triaging for these committed professionals.
I thank them for their time.
Extended a warm welcome to Shri JP Nadda Ji, President BJP, DoNER Minister Dr Jitendra Singh Ji & Dilip Saikia Ji, National Gen Sec, BJP, as they arrived at Guwahati to take part in the swearing-in ceremony of Shri Himanta Biswa Ji as Chief Minister of Assam.N Biren Singh – Chief Minister, Manipur
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