Hyderabad, September 10: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Treasurer Gudur Narayana Reddy on Thursday demanded that the State Government issue a White Paper on the amount it had spent to combat Coronavirus. Alleging that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao was still in deep slumber like 'Kumbhakarna', he demanded that KCR wake up immediately to prevent further damage.
Narayana Reddy, in a media statement, alleged that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao gave no clarity in his statement issued in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. "Despite Covid-19 cases reaching nearly 1.5 lakh mark and death toll touching almost 1,000, CM KCR is giving immature statements. Instead of giving a clear status on what measures were taken to combat Covid-19 and how his government plans to prevent further damage, CM KCR is giving vague statements," he said.
The Congress leader said that the Chief Minister has claimed that nearly Rs. 4,500 crore have been earmarked to deal with the Covid-19 situation. "KCR is giving an impression as if he is spending the amount from his personal pocket and Telangana is his 'jagir' (personal fiefdom). Why is he reluctant to include Covid-19 treatment in the Aarogyasri Scheme? Thousands of families have sold their assets and fell into huge debts to bear the cost of treatment in private hospitals. The State Government should include Covid-19 treatment in the Aarogyasri scheme and also reimburse the amount poor people had already spent for treatment of Covid-19 in private hospitals so far," he demanded.
Narayana Reddy said that the State Government should release a White Paper giving details of funds received under Chief Minister's Relief Fund (CMRF) for combating Coronavirus and how they were spent. He also asked the government to disclose complete details of money spent to handle Covid-19 situation. "CM KCR's negligent attitude is proving too costly for the Telangana State. He must realise that people's lives were more precious than his false ego. Therefore, the Chief Minister must wake up from slumber and take corrective measures to control the situation," he said.