Amaravati, May 1:
TDP National President and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday expressed concern that the YCP Government was taking it lightly even as the Coronavirus second wave was threatening to cause a greater loss of lives among workers, employees and all others.
Mr. Naidu termed it as a ‘leadership failure’ on the part of the ruling YCP for not initiating timely preventive measures against the severe outbreak of the infections. He demanded the Government to postpone the 10th class and intermediate examinations in order to prevent any further harm to the lives of students, their parents and also to teaching and non-teaching staff.
The TDP chief addressed a meeting of the TNTUC and other party leaders on the occasion of the May Day celebrations. He criticised the Jagan Mohan Reddy regime for causing problems for both the organised and unorganised sections of workers and employees with its inefficient and chaotic policies. The YCP was not implementing the pro-worker programmes like the Anna Canteens and Chandranna Beema that proved to be of great help to the unorganised workers during the TDP rule.
Mr. Naidu asked how the students could be forced to write the examinations when they were in the grip of a frear psychosis that was triggered by the massive rise in second wave infections everywhere. There was no study atmosphere in homes even as families were under 24-hour tensions about getting Covid infections from some touch point or other. The students aged less than 18 years were not eligible for the vaccine. Under such circumstances, it would not be correct to force them to come to the examination centres.
Recalling the greatness of May Day, Mr. Naidu said that the 8-hour work rule came as a solution to the exploitation of workers in those days. The May Day celebrations could not be held on a large scale in the presence of a huge gathering of workers because of the pandemic. The world over, online conferences were now being held to mark the occasion. The only solution for this would be total vaccination. Just like face masks, sanitising and hand washing were made compulsory in the beginning, now the vaccination should be advised to all. Complete immunity would be developed only after two doses of vaccine were administered to a person. The vaccine should be given free to all workers. Vaccination should be taken up for RTC employees, Government staff, teachers, TTD staff and others.
Mr. Naidu asked what benefits were given to the RTC workers even after its merger with the Government. The TDP rule strengthened the RTC by developing a lot of assets for it. In the united AP, the Singareni Collieries, RTC and such organisations were given focus for wealth creation. Reforms were brought for the first time by the TDP not to remove jobs but to strengthen these organisations. The TDP regime tried to save the Visakha Steel Plant in the interests of the workers and employees. This year, it got good profits and it supplied oxygen to different parts of the country.
Mr. Naidu blamed the Government for throwing over 40 lakh construction workers on the roads without work opportunities. If the TDP policy of free sand was continued, this problem would not have cropped up. The cement rates were increased only to benefit Bharati Cements. The rulers were bent on looting sand and liquor without any concern for the common workers. When these issues were raised, the YCP was resorting to political victimisation. Cases closed 20 years ago were being brought to surface to harass Opposition leaders.
Supporting demand for ‘work from home’, Mr. Naidu said that the officials have only said that all files have been put online. As such, any employee can now from home and even while travelling in a bus. Over 10 employees died due to Covid at the Secretariat, from where the Chief Minister’s Office was functioning. The CM was deriving sadistic pleasure by not trying any effort to save the lives of the organised and unorganised workers.
The TDP chief released a model copy of the ‘Karmika Desam’ weekly that would be brought by the party to highlight the issues relating to the workers in the organised and unorganised sectors of society.
Mr Naidu on Saturday held the YCP Government’s ‘inefficiency’ responsible for the death of six Coronavirus patients in Kurnool due to lack of timely supply of oxygen.
Mr. Naidu asked how many more people should lose their lives because of the failure of Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s administration. Without wasting further time, the Government should give top priority to solving the shortage of oxygen in the State.
In a statement here, the TDP chief termed the Kurnool incident as very painful and that the CM should stop playing with the lives of the people. All those private hospitals having the necessary facilities should be converted into the Covid treatment centres. The number of oxygen beds should be increased on an emergency basis. Better medical care should be provided to the virus infected patients.
Mr. Naidu said that the general public were greatly stressed over the shortage of oxygen at a time when the second wave infections were wreaking havoc. The Government was not providing correct details on the oxygen availability. Most patients were losing their lives because of lack of oxygen supply in time.
The TDP chief said that thousands of Covid patients were still waiting for the oxygen beds. The Government should leave its slumber immediately and take urgent measures to rescue all their lives.