Pune: Shiv Sena City unit President Sanjay More has criticised the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) for its 'corrupt handling' of the COVID-19 situation which has gone out of control in the city for the past few days. More has also demanded that strict containment measures like those implemented in early days in Bhavani Peth hotspot areas should be implemented in other parts of the city too.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray held a video conference meeting of all district heads of Shiv Sena party. More shared his views about the COVID-19 situation in Pune city during his interaction with CM Thackeray on Monday (July 20).
More said, "The corruption in the civic body is the reason why the COVID-19 outbreak in the city is not under control yet. If the Shiv Bhojan Thali is given for Rs 5 then why does the PMC provide its corrupt thali at Rs 70? The state government-run Sassoon General Hospital is taking care of all patients by offering the best nutritional diet food and medical care services, but the civic hospitals are running short of all kinds of facilities."
"The private hospitals have taken land from PMC on lease by showing themselves as charity hospitals. But instead of charity, they are running profit-making businesses. Citizens are being forced to pay exorbitant bills. The PMC has no control over this. These hospitals are even refusing to admit patients under the Mahatma Phule Jan Arogya Yojana of the state government and the Municipal Corporation," More alleged.
Thackeray said, "The COVID-19 virus is spreading fast and we don't know yet when a vaccine will be launched. So we have only one option left and that is to take all the necessary precautions. Shiv Sainiks should work towards ensuring that unnecessary crowding does not happen during the upcoming festivities. We are planning to set up a 'Corona Vigilance Committee' in which all-party and all-religion people will be included. Such a committee is being implemented at district and taluka level but we are planning to take it to the village level to prevent the outbreak in rural areas."