New Delhi: Poll strategist Prashant Kishor on Saturday criticised the Centre’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, remarking that the response needs to be better than just ‘banking’ on what he called a ‘botched-up’ lockdown, less number of COVID-19 tests and ‘non-existent ‘ COVID-19 treatment facilities. Also Read - Patna Court Rejects Prashant Kishor's Bail Plea in Content Theft Case
Notably, today is day four of the 21-day nationwide lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday in a bid to wrest the fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic. Also Read - TMC Wants Fresh Faces in Rajya Sabha, Prashant Kishor Among Candidates: Reports
Today, Kishor, the former Janata Dal (United) vice president, tweeted: “For all our optimism, the bitter truth is that India’s response to COVID-19 needs to get better than just banking on: a botched-up lockdown, less than 10 COVID-19 tests per million and non-existent COVID-19 treatment and care facilities for people needing such services.” Also Read - FIR Lodged Against Prashant Kishor For Plagiarism in His 'Baat Bihar Ki' Campaign
“#IndiaDeservesBetter,” he added.
The government has been accused of ‘botching-up’ the lockdown as thousands of migrant workers have been left stranded in various parts of the country with public transport being closed as a part of the nationwide shutdown. Others are walking back to their native places, resulting in large gatherings, thus negating the concept of ‘social distancing’ that Prime Minister Modi has called for during these times.
The government has also been accused of carrying out very less number of tests in comparison to other countries, because of which, it is alleged, India has reported far less number of confirmed coronavirus cases, including deaths, than what the actual figures should be.
On Thursday, the Centre announced a Rs 1.70 lakh crore relief package to mitigate losses during the lockdown. A day later, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), too, announced relief measures for the banking sector.