Karnataka Congress says COVID-19 deaths suppressed in state.
Bangalore, June 16: The Karnataka Congress reportedly said on Wednesday that the BJP government has suppressed the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the state. The party said that the government, instead of giving Rs 4 lakh as required by the National Disaster Management Law, has decided to pay only Rs one lakh to families below the poverty line who lost their member with income to cause of COVID.
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“But, between January 1, 2021, and June 13, 2021, there have been 3,27,985 deaths, according to state government records. The point here is that there is a gap between 33,033 and 3.28 lakh. So many natural deaths have occurred in The State? This seems unlikely, “said Patil.
Claiming that the government did not make public the report of deaths in 2020, he said that the 2018-19 figures show that between January and June there had been 88,000 deaths.
Even after extrapolation, at most one lakh or 1.10 lakh of deaths should have taken place in 2021, but 3.28 lakh of deaths is beyond imagination, Patil charged. “If we deduct the deaths from 1.10 lakh, the total deaths will be 2.18 lakh, which is a higher figure. It means that two to 2.5 lakh of deaths have been suppressed, which is inhuman,” alleged the veteran leader of Congress.
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In addition, it alleged that the government stopped publishing the monthly death report and medically certified cause of death report for 2019-20 and 2020-21. Speaking about compensation, Patil said that under Section 12 (3) of the NDM Act he ordered an ex gratia of Rs four lakh for loss of life, damage to houses and for the restoration of livelihoods.
“Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa had recently announced a relief amount of one lakh rupee, but why was it reduced from four lakh rupee to just one lakh rupee? NDM law,” said Patil.
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