Karnataka Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and requested him to address the ongoing health emergency in the country. He further demanded that the centre should be committed towards helping state governments fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Siddaramaiah said that, "The central government played the role of catalyst in increasing the number of coronavirus cases by allowing events like 'Kumbh Mela' and huge campaigns during election."
He pointed out that the centre is not taking maximum care to control the spread of coronavirus and didn't sketch out strategies to deal with second wave in advance, despite warning from the Parliamentary Committee.
He also stated that the people are dying without necessary adequate healthcare infrastructure like beds, ventilators, medical oxygen, and potential treatment drugs like Remdesivir. He stressed on the point that, "The demand is 35 to 40 times more than what is being allocated to Karnataka."
He said that there is a health emergency in India and the centre has been trying to transfer the burden on to the states.
He strongly demanded the central government to release more funds and explained that the state contributes over Rs 2.5 lakh crore as taxes but the centre has allocated only Rs 21,694 crore back to the state.
The former Karnataka CM asked the centre to distribute covid vaccines free of cost to the state governments. He demanded that the centre should give a compensation of Rs 10,000 to all the poor families and is important to expand MGNREGA work on demand basis and increase the wages across the country.