Amaravati, April 26:
TDP National President and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday expressed shock and grief over the death of many Covid patients due to lack of timely oxygen supply at the Maharaja Hospital in Vizianagaram.
Mr. Naidu deplored that the Jaganmohan Reddy Government had become so inefficient that it was not being able to provide even oxygen to the virus patients who were battling for their lives in the Government hospitals. When the people were losing their precious lives in the Coronavirus treatment centres, it was unfortunate that the Chief Minister was just enjoying himself in his Tadepalli residence.
In a statement here, the TDP chief termed it as a total failure on the part of the YCP Government not to ensure proper supply of oxygen at the hospitals in a very difficult time. The Jagan Reddy regime was not taking responsibility to extend the necessary help to the people. The Ministers were watching the situation like silent spectators. The situation was deteriorating in all the 13 districts with scarcity of oxygen beds increasing everywhere.
Mr. Naidu slammed the Government for failing to provide correct information on the facilities for the Covid patients in the hospitals. In the Covid dash board, it was being shown that the oxygen beds were vacant and plenty of them available. But, when the patients were taken to the respective hospitals, they were not admitting them. They were saying that there was no oxygen supply.
The TDP chief demanded the YCP Government to wake up from its slumber and begin rendering genuine and sincere services to the people in this troubled time. The officials should turn all their focus to the availability of beds, oxygen and remdesivir injections. These facilities should be expedited immediately in order to prevent the situation from going out of control. A new confidence should have to be created in the people.
Mr. Chandrababu Naidu expressed shock over the death of their party corporator Vanapalli Ravi Kumar in Visakhapatnam following the Coronavirus infection. He conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family members. From the beginning, Ravi Kumar has been taking an active part in the party activities in the port city. It was unfortunate that Ravi Kumar fell victim to the Covid infection and breathed his last while taking treatment at the NRI hospital.
Mr. Naidu also condoled the death of Kathari Praveen, husband of Chittoor former mayor Hema Latha. Praveen’s father Mohan also served as the mayor of Chittoor and he was murdered while in office. Their family has been actively engaged in strengthening the party in Chittoor right from the beginning. The TDP would extend all support to their family in this time of loss and pain.
The TDP leaders demanded the Jagan Reddy regime to bring pressure on the Central Government to ensure adequate oxygen supply to Andhra Pradesh. The diversion of oxygen from the plants located in AP was causing severe harm to the patients in the State. The neighbouring States were already protesting against the diversion of oxygen and making all out efforts to protect their people from the pandemic.
Allow Govt employees to ‘work from home’: TDP letter to CM
TDP MLC P. Ashok Babu on Monday expressed concern over the ‘lack of safety and security’ to the lives of the Government employees in Andhra Pradesh in the wake of threatening Coronavirus second wave infections all over the State.
In a letter written to CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy here, Mr. Ashok Babu deplored that the employees were living under a dangerous threat from the virus epidemic even as the YCP Government was behaving in a highly objectionable manner. It was scary that AP has come to stand among those States which were the worst hit in the second wave of the deadly virus.
The TDP MLC urged the Chief Minister to at least now give up his stubborn attitude and allow the employees to work from home in the best interests of their lives. In just a week, over five employees lost their lives at the AP Secretariat. This one incident held a mirror to the increasingly pathetic Covid situation in the State. The Government employees should also be treated as front line warriors on a par with the doctors and the police.
Mr. Ashok Babu stressed the need for setting up the special sanitiser chambers for the protection of all the Government employees. The necessary PPE kits, masks and sanitisers should be made available to all at the workplaces. Right now, medical treatment was not being given to the employees based on their health cards. As a result, they were being forced to pay lakhs of rupees.
Stating that fatalities were also increasing, Mr. Ashok Babu demanded payment of Rs. 1 cr ex gratia to the kin of the employees. The Government should immediately pay the DA arrears which were pending for over 5 DAs. Obstructions were being needlessly created for the funds under the AP Government Provident Fund. There were doubts whether the State Government was contributing its share to the PF or not. Even for the retirement pension benefits and gratuity, the employees were made to run around the offices for six to seven months.
The TDP leader said that the contract and outsourcing staff were not being paid salaries for months together. This was leaving their families financially crippled. Instead of protecting their interests, the Outsourcing Corporation was being used to throw the staff on to the roads. In the name of sand privatisation recently, over 2,000 staff were removed from outsourcing jobs from May 1. Over 12,000 staff working in the liquor shops were not being paid salaries for months together.