The federal government and Congress sparred on Twitter after senior opposition chief Jairam Ramesh questioned the Centre’s Covid-19 preparedness given how the youth wing members of the opposition celebration had been responding to SOS calls made by overseas embassies.
Whereas I thank @IYC for its stellar efforts, as an Indian citizen I’m surprised that the youth wing of the opposition… https://t.co/sHEjbi4G98
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) 1619892254000
Indian Youth Congress president Srinivas BV had shared a video of volunteers delivering oxygen cylinders to the New Zealand excessive fee on Sunday morning whereas a video of Philippines embassy was shared on Saturday evening.
Replace- New Zealand excessive fee opened gates of the embassy and accepted cylinders.Additionally, they thanked the… https://t.co/Wry3PxYCNF
— Srinivas B V (@srinivasiyc) 1619932270000
Overseas affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar responding to Ramesh’s tweet mentioned that the availability of oxygen made to the Philippines embassy was “unsolicited” as there have been no Covid-19 sufferers within the embassy. He mentioned that it was executed just for “low cost publicity”.
MEA checked with the Philippines Embassy. This was an unsolicited provide as they’d no Covid circumstances. Clearly for ch… https://t.co/AoIkGZYTN3
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) 1619927082000
Nonetheless, the Indian Youth Congress (IYC), sharing screenshots of the requests made by the New Zealand and the Philippines embassy mentioned that they delivered cylinders solely after receiving requests.
@DrSJaishankar @Jairam_Ramesh We acquired a request for an pressing requirement of Oxygen Cylinders for two Covid sufferers i… https://t.co/WNXh8Eohj3
— Youth Congress (@IYC) 1619934929000
Even because the embassy of New Zealand deleted their earlier tweet during which they’d tagged the IYC, later the embassy clarified that they had been making an attempt all sources to get oxygen and apologized for his or her request being misinterpreted.
We are attempting all sources to rearrange for oxygen cylinders urgently and our attraction has sadly been misinterpr… https://t.co/tDwlogn57R
— NZ in India (@NZinIndia) 1619930264000
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in an announcement mentioned that the ministry is responding to the medical calls for of all of the excessive commissions and embassies and likewise urged folks to not hoard provides.
“The Chief of Protocol and Heads of Divisions are in steady contact with all Excessive Commissions/Embassies and MEA is responding to their medical calls for, particularly these associated to Covid. This contains facilitating their hospital remedy. Given the pandemic scenario, all are urged to not hoard important provides, together with oxygen,” mentioned the assertion.
The controversy broke out at the same time as India continues to file nearly 4 lakh new circumstances and greater than 3,000 deaths because the second wave of Covid-19 turns right into a storm inflicting an acute scarcity of oxygen, hospital beds and medical provides.