Karnataka govt did not spare even beds, pillows of COVID-19 patients to make money: D K Shivakumar

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Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president D K Shivakumar on Tuesday targeted the B S Yediyurappa-led BJP government over corruption allegations in renting of beds for Covid-19 patients.

 

Taking to microblogging site Twitter, Congress leader said BJP government will be exposed in the coming days.

"It is nauseating that @BSYBJP govt has not even spared the beds and pillows meant for CoVid patients to make corrupt money from. There are many such scams involving ministers. Evidences about them will be placed before people and the BJP Govt will be exposed in the coming days," he tweeted.

According to the Deccan Herald report, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa was forced to interfere after he found that BBMP officials had not taken his approval for renting bed sets at Covid Care Centres, for which the government had to pay Rs 800 per day. Yediyurappa has asked officials to purchase them instead.

“They wanted to make money out of beds and pillows, too. Imagine the loot of public money that must have taken place in the procurement of medical equipment. Will this corruption be possible without the consent of your ministers and officials?” Shivakumar had asked Yediyurappa at a news conference. 

As per the report, Yediyurappa lambasted officials on Monday for “keeping him in the dark” on the decision to rent bed sets despite being the Bengaluru Development Minister.

According to the State's health department, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Karnataka has now surged to 44,077, out of which 25,839 are still active.

Covid-19 deaths continue to peak in the State, with reporting a record 87 deaths in Tuesday’s bulletin. So far, 842 people have lost their lives to coronavirus in the State

On a good note, 1,142 people were discharged on Tuesday taking the total number of discharges around the state to 17,390.

On July 11, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa had announced to put the Bengaluru's urban and rural districts under lockdown from July 14.

"In view of sudden surge of COVID 19 cases in Bengaluru and on the advice of the experts, it is decided to impose lockdown for a period of one week in Bengaluru Urban and Rural Districts starting from 8 pm on Tuesday, 14th of July" he had said.

 

With inputs from Media reports

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