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Days after son’s death, Yechury writes to PM Modi over oxygen supply, free Covid vaccines

CPI(M) leader Yechury, who lost his son to Covid Thursday, also recommended the cancellation of Central Vista project and release of money collected under PM-CARES fund.

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New Delhi: CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding uninterrupted oxygen supply and a free and universal COVID-19 vaccination programme, days after he lost his son to the disease.

He also recommended the cancellation of Central Vista project and release of money collected under PM-CARES fund for the supply of oxygen and COVID-19 vaccine.

“I am writing to you in great pain, distress and anguish. This unprecedented health and humanitarian crisis created by the second wave of COVID-19, is turning into a tsunami’. The situation has been aggravated by the approach and attitude of the Union government, Yechury said.

“I am writing to you on an URGENT basis to ensure two things on utmost priority: ensure uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen to all hospitals and patients across the country by procuring it at any cost; and provide vaccines to all the state governments for a free and universal vaccination programme, bringing production of Indian vaccines under emergency provisions and importing from all available sources to prevent more deaths, he said.

The Left leader also suggested budgetary allocation of Rs 35,000 crore for the vaccination programme.

He demanded that the ambitious Central Vista project be cancelled and all extravagant expenditures be put on hold as well as transparently releasing all the money collected under PM-CARES fund and transfer the same for the supply of oxygen and vaccine.

“In case you are unable to provide oxygen and vaccines to our fellow Indians and prevent further deaths, your government will lose its moral authority to continue. This health and humanitarian disaster is preventable and must be averted. This is the basic responsibility your government has to discharge, which it has failed to do so far,” he said.

Yechury’s elder son Ashish Yechury passed away due to the novel coronavirus infection on April 22.

Also read: ‘Available resources proving inadequate’ — Kejriwal requests CMs to provide oxygen to Delhi


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  1. True it’s a good suggestion by yechuri he says it will a good heart he is giving his views as to what is important at this hour of national crisis rather then the zumbla of our leaders bjp like always can’t take criticism because it always have been critics and think if someone else criticise it it becomes personal hope they realise that it’s in national interest to take it or leave it suggestion don’t behave like trump who didn’t care if people live or die I will do everything that makes my name shine I don’t think that’s what is needed at this crisis hour the event can be cancelled for this year and postponed like so many other things even the election commissioner should be taken to task by Supreme Court for creating such a situation as it’s an independent body who should have known best that current situation doesn’t demand election and putting life at risk when our system has failed so what on earth are these people doing to save lives were is the good governance and why is the election commissioner not stopping the election has he not got the power to act on his own account to care for the people that pay him to make a good call that is what the Indians need to know

  2. Yechury realised now that once you lose your family member……All those crores which are lieing in politicians bank account are worth “Zero”. I wish if all politicians start realising this and accordingly come out clean with all the wealth that they have amassed by looting ordinary citizens of India.
    Modi and Shah would change only if they lose one of their family members just lie Yechury…. untill and unless they wouldnt listen to anyone.

  3. While I emphasize with Yatchury, these are two different things. As long as there are steps taken to bring in oxygen supplies as well as vaccines and Medicaid to needy people, why is this silly politics to stop construction of Central Vista.
    Somehow this is an eye sore for communist and Congress.

    • Yechury is keen to downplay India’s 75th Independence Day. So will mix politics and personal tragedy

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