Bengaluru: Siddaramaiah questions state govt on pandemic expenditure, demands white paper

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (MS)

Bengaluru, Jun 28: Former chief minister and opposition leader Siddaramaiah on Sunday June 28 hit out at the state government over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and demanded transparency in the expenditure incurred with regard to the pandemic.

In a series of tweets, Siddaramaiah said that the ruling BJP government in the state should release white paper on the total amount spent from the state exchequer in controlling the pandemic.

"As the state government has not taken action in a transparent manner, people of the state are suspicious and feel insecure. Ruling BJP government has to take out white paper giving details of action taken and expenditure with regards to coronavirus pandemic to instill confidence in people," Siddaramaiah tweeted.

He further said, "How much money is spent from state exchequer for the control of coronavirus pandemic? What is the amount spent on quarantine, PPE, ventilator, oxygen cylinder, mask, sanitizer and other medical equipments and treatment? What is the amount that has arrived from central government and also the equipments? What is the number of beds that are reserved for coronavirus treatment in private hospitals? What is the criteria on which the fee in private hospitals is fixed for coronavirus treatment? All these details have to be kept in front of the people of Karnataka.

"Though I have written many letters to respective departments and asked for details, they are not giving proper information to me. This kind of denying of giving of information amounts to violation of rights. In addition, it also creates doubts about the functioning of the government. So the complete details needs to be kept in front of the public through white paper.

"In nine districts of Karnataka, lockdown was declared on March 23, a day prior to the lockdown that was declared nationwide. Not a single death has occurred then. Only 26 people were infected with coronavirus. According to the latest report, the number of Covid-19 infected people in the state has shot up to 11,923 and 191 people have lost their lives. This pandemic, which was limited to Bengaluru and some district centers in the beginning, has now spread to all nooks and corners of the state.

"Corona did not show its intensity at once. It gained momentum in phases. The ruling state government of BJP, which has wasted the last three months in imposing and withdrawing of lockdown, has not taken any measure to face the coronavirus pandemic. It has wasted three months due to its irresponsibility. Because of this the public of the state is suffering.

"Coronavirus infection is spreading rapidly in the state without any control. Villages, which were out of the clutches of this pandemic are also overtaken by this dreaded virus. People of the state have lost faith on the ruling government and are under panic now. They do not have the confidence that the ruling government of the state will protect them from the coronavirus pandemic.

"The government hospitals of Bengaluru are full with patients. Private hospitals are denying to give coronavirus treatment at the cost the government prescribed. BJP state government should make the private hospitals agree to give the treatment on the prescribed rates or take action on them. Without doing anything, if the state government is sitting silent, then what is the plight of the people?

"From the last 15 days, the number of testings has gone down from 16,000 to 11,000. There is a fear that the infection might have spread to communities. More than 9,200 ventilators are required in the state. At present, only 1,500 are available. Central government was asked to send 33,000 ventilators to the state. However, they have sent only 90 so far. Only 7,000 oxygenated ventilators are available. It is said that 20,000 ventilators are needed.

"Scam has taken place in the purchase of medical equipment. Twice the market rate is paid to buy these equipment. The finance department says that there is no justification for these purchases. Accusation is heard that around Rs 3,300 crore worth scam has taken place in buying of medical equipment.

"The state BJP government has to bring out a white paper immediately giving complete details of the measures and expenses related to the control of coronavirus pandemic and take the people into confidence. If the ruling government continues its lacklustre attitude we will have no choice but to get onto the streets and protest," Siddaramaiah said.



Comment on this article

  • T.A.Moras, Bejai,Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 29 2020

    Those who are corrupt always suspect others of corruption.Though corruption is there in all parties,Congress has taken a lead on all other parties.Siddaramaiji the country is affected by corona and funds received by CM and PM funds are transparent and if you wish to have full information,you can demand for it after the deadly corona virus is in decline.
    We wish to have full details of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation Trust.If amounts are transferred from Prime Minister Fund to the private trust ,it is immoral.How come China has donated funds to this trust.

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  • Vijay Benedict, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    What a fall from grace. Siddu ji has to functionally report to RaGa and SoGa and follow their instructions. Then he has to seek approval from his adminstration bosses in the state, Mr, Deve Gowda and Mrs, Kumaraswamy, Then he is blamed for the decimating of the party in the state and termed as an outsider by the likes of J Poojary etc. Its really a tough luck to bounce back,

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  • Barrister Vinod, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    They have played the wrong card in 2018 ,where they rear ended their future in Ktaka . It was a suicidal move and Cong has and will pay a very heavy price. Its for sure Cong wont win a majority in the state, they are heavily dependent on JDS. With cunning Gowda and HDK at the helm , for sure they will ask for the biggest slice of cake on their own terms. This has not gone well with many Cong supporters . Despite all the hard work, they were sidelined to make way for a JDS person. So today even their die hard comarades do not trust Siddu.

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  • mohan, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    Wow .. very much tight sidduji... ... BJPs work is looting filling their pockets.... and and also sending large percentage of looted money to BJP fund to Shah and Modi.... this the first agreement all BJP CM s doing while they nominating in BJP...

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  • Navneeth, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    Dear Mr,Siddu. The white paper you are demanding is with your ex Boss, Mrs.HDK

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    A democratically elected government must be transparent.

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    can any one ask siddarammayya below question in democratically

    "why and who gifted 45000 sqkm of Indian Land to China in 1962"

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    I've begun to pity this guy nowadays. He was running a successful Govt, launched Indira Free canteen etc, but still people of state rejected his party making it 76 from 123.
    He immediately played second fiddle to Family party to keep BJP out, but still lost out badly in bargain in LS polls where he got 1 seat for Party making it from 10 to 1.
    Now he's completely marginalized in own party, a total useless nobody.
    Now he's asking Dr Yeddy Operations Specialist & local Tiger Dance artist for newspaper looks like.
    Yenchina oonji avasthe maaryerrere

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    All kits of politicians and government and source of money investigated

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    Siddaramaiah should demand a "White Paper " on the horrendous revelations about the grand old ailing party, sordid deals, betrayals and violating national sovereignty n security, to sworn enemies of our Republic, namely China and Pakistan !!!!! Sonia Gandhi must explicitly reveal the deal, documents, that was signed by Rahul baba, with the Communist party, in Beijing and the loot of our national treasury, to fill the coffers of Rajiv Gandhi foundation trust !!!!

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  • kateel pai, vitla

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    All govt transactions should be transparent. He has a right to ask.

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  • Anand R, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    I am ready to send him 100s of white papers.

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  • Edwin Cutinho, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    Dont worry Siddu Sir. Tomorrow is the day, we are going to beat the hell out of the BJP Govt ine nation wide strike. We will take this issue as well. Watch the news.

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  • Avinash, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    I read your comment on another article 5-7 lakhs expected. good luck!!!
    All I can say is ''.Look at the world NOT from your position,, but look at the world from YOUR position''

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    in 2014 i heard same slogan, in 2019 i heard same, again started, in 2024 i will hear same, in 2024 if am alive for sure i hear same.............

    look at the world from you

    Listen slogan NOT from your ears,, but listen the slogan from your ears

    After GARIBI hatavo, most used slogan

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  • swati, mang/dxb

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    Did he run a transparent govt..? Did congress run a transparent govt to date..? These people making fun of themselves.

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    i read all his 11 tweet thinking he answered why 45000 sq km land sold to china in 1962

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    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    Rajiv Gandhi trust ka paisa b white paper main like dedo

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  • smr, Karkala

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah concerns are genuine. We the Kanndigas who are one of the top five contributors of taxes to the central government don't want in position like CM Yogi's 'Jungle Raj' run out of oxygen in government hospital. For this militant monk governance 7 deaths of children in a day is normal.
    But for Kanndigas every life matters regardless of his faith.

    Jai Hind

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  • Sudesh pai, MANIPAL

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    What a joke they want expenditures report, PM cares fund report has anybody question about CCD wealth where has vanished

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  • INA MINA D NORONHA, Valencia, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    This is not the time to request any kind of document (s) where the country is passing one of its most critical phase from ruling party
    Ruling and opposition parties in the states as well as in Center should come forward and sketch all progessive meassures to fight against this dreaded pandemic decease.
    One should keep top priority for the steps to vanish COVID 19 permanently from our vicinity!

    I M D N

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    इना मिना डिका डाय डामे निका
    Will you allow any one to runaway with money collected for Covid-19 ...

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  • Ina Mina D Noronha, Valencia, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 29 2020

    Cannot understand yours comment content !

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  • Sajaan, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    Do Siddaramiyah and Yeddyruppa is having any knowledge of tweets. All are into modiji's shoes to attain power.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    Ask for a White Paper on PM Care Funds ...

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  • Sathish Shetty, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 28 2020

    PM care fund transferred to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation long back.

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