More than 3 lakh have died due to Covid in Karnataka, claims Congress | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Congress on Thursday alleged more than three lakh people have died due to Covid-19 in the state and accused the state government of fudging numbers.
Earlier this week, health minister K Sudhakar told the legislative council that the state recorded nearly 9.5 lakh deaths overall since January 1, 2020. He said only 37,423 of them had died due to Covid.
“The state government has been claiming only 37,603 people died due to Covid-19 in Karnataka during the two waves together, but we conducted a door-to-door survey and the results show more than three lakh people have died due to Covid-19,” said DK Shivakumar, KPCC president.
He claimed the government has not issued death certificates mentioning the cause as Covid even to those who succumbed to the virus.
Siddaramaiah, leader of the opposition, who initiated the debate on the “the government’s failure in handling the pandemic”, alleged that the government has not taken into account deaths of people who died on the way to hospitals and due to non-availability of oxygen and beds.
He also said that there was large-scale corruption in management of the pandemic. The government had purchased hand sanitisers by paying Rs 9.6 crore. But a report from the drug controller says the quality of these sanitisers was poor. “I urge the government to order an inquiry and act against erring officials,” he said.
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Meanwhile, Sudhakar on Thursday admitted in the legislative assembly that the government has not disbursed Rs 1 lakh compensation to BPL families that lost earning member to Covid-19.
“There has been a delay, but we will disburse it soon. The government has set aside Rs 200 crore for the purpose,” Sudhakar said. Siddaramaiah urged the government to increase the compensation to Rs 5 lakh and to also widen the pool of beneficiaries. “Provide compensation to all families who have lost their loved ones to Covid,” he said.





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