Rahul Gandhi Says PM CARES Fund Is Putting Indian Lives At Risk

Congress attacked the ruling BJP government and accused it of not being transparent in the disbursal of the funds

Jessica David

July 6, 2020

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On July 5, the Congress party launched a fresh invective against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-government, accusing it of being opaque in the use of the PM CARES Fund (Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations) and “putting Indian lives at risk” as a result. Tagging a news report, which alleged that the ventilator manufacturer that was funded by PM CARES used a software “to fudge” its “standard ventilators”, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi invoked the “BJPFailsCoronaFight” hashtag to attack the Modi-government.

He tweeted, “PM CARES opacity is: 1. Putting Indian lives at risk. 2. Ensuring public money is used to buy sub-standard products.” Earlier in the day, Congress spokesperson Gaurav Vallabh asked why the Modi-government purchased only 1,340 ventilators until June 22 even though it had placed an order for 50,000 units by March 31. He also accused the government of “wasting time” by not utilising the lockdown period to ramp up India’s health infrastructure, pointing to the claim by BJP President JP Nadda that the country will have 60,000 ventilators by June-end.

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