Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar Asks Mamata Banerjee For “Pandemic Purchase Scam” Probe Report

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Bengal Governor Asks Mamata Banerjee For 'Pandemic Purchase Scam' Probe Report

Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have sparred previously (File)

Kolkata:

Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar at this time requested Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for a report on a probe she’d ordered in August into allegations of corruption to the tune of Rs 2,000 crore in reference to the acquisition of apparatus associated to the Covid pandemic.

“I’m eager to know what occurred to that probe. What’s the report? What was the premise on which an investigation into buy of pandemic tools was ordered? Who investigated it? Who was investigated? Who have been the beneficiaries of the only tender or was it a free-for-all,” Mr Dhankhar requested.

“If folks can create a chance to become profitable throughout a pandemic, we’re shaming our civilization and our system. The report ought to be made public,” he mentioned.

The Governor was talking at an occasion held this morning on the Nationwide Institute of Cholera and Enteric Ailments (NICED), which is run by the ICMR (Indian Council for Medical Analysis, which is the centre’s nodal physique on this well being disaster).

The ICMR-NICED is a part of the community of a dozen medical services and analysis establishments throughout the nation that launched Section 3 trials for the Covaxin coronavirus vaccine, which has been described as the primary indigenously-developed vaccine candidate towards the virus.

The Governor’s remark met with a swift retort from Trinanmool minister Firhad Hakim, who went to the ICMR-NICED later within the day to volunteer for the trial and was administered a dose.

“This isn’t the place to boost such points. If the Governor did so, he did mistaken,” he mentioned.

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Nonetheless, the BJP has backed Mr Dhankhar.

At a press meet this night BJP Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh claimed: “Crores have been spent on shopping for masks and sanitisers from corporations belong to Trinamool cronies. The reality should come out.”

“The honourable Chief Minister constituted a committee for buy of pandemic-related tools. That was executed in August… experiences emanated that Rs 2,000 crore pandemic purchases suffered from severe flaws, patronage (and) corruption., and due to this fact the Chief Minister thought it clever to represent a committee,” Governor Dhankhar mentioned.

He added: “Your governor identified that these engaged in heading these indiscretions, how can they be investigators. I wrote to the federal government. Those that are to be investigated can’t be investigators themselves.”

Mr Dhankhar additionally criticised the Bengal authorities for refusing to implement Ayushman Bharat – the central authorities’s flagship medical insurance coverage scheme (one thing the BJP has repeatedly flagged forward of Meeting elections due subsequent 12 months) within the state.

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