Congress leader Rahul Gandhi claimed on Sunday that 40 lakh Indians have died during the coronavirus pandemic due to government ‘negligence’ and again demanded that all families of the deceased be given compensation of Rs four lakh each.
Taking to Twitter, Gandhi shared a screenshot of a New York Times report which claimed India was blocking WHO efforts to release the global Covid death toll. “Modi ji doesn’t tell the truth and doesn’t let others speak. He always lies that no one died from lack of oxygen!” Gandhi uploaded in a Hindi tweet with the screenshot of the report.
“I had said earlier also due to government negligence during Covid, not five lakh but 40 lakh Indians died,” the former Congress leader said. “Accept your responsibility, Modi ji awards compensation of Rs four lakh to each (Covid) victim’s family,” Gandhi said.
India on Saturday questioned the World Health Organization’s (WHO) methodology for estimating COVID-19-related mortalities in the country, saying the use of such mathematical modeling cannot be applied. to estimate death figures for such a vast nation in geographic size and population.
The Union Health Ministry issued a statement in response to the article titled “India Blocks WHO Effort to Release Global Covid Death Toll” dated April 16, saying the country has repeatedly shared its concerns with the global health body over the methodology used. .
Congress alleged that the government failed to release the actual figures of COVID-19 related deaths and demanded compensation of Rs four lakh from the family members of the deceased. According to Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday, the Covid death toll rose to 5,21,751 with four new fatalities.
(Edited by : Anand Singha)