Dr. Shashi Tharoor Questions Centre's Efforts to Fight Coronavirus

Dr. Shashi Tharoor Questions Centre's Efforts to Fight Coronavirus Fri, 13 Mar 2020

Dr. Shashi Tharoor Questions Centre's Efforts to Fight Coronavirus

Senior Congress Leader and the Thiruvananthapuram MP, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, raised questions about the ruling government's plan or ability to deal with those people who have tested positive for novel coronavirus. His main concern was if the country has enough space to quarantine people arriving from abroad.

While he didn’t completely criticize the government’s efforts to contain the infection, saying "I don't want to make unreasonable demands from the government. They are doing everything. But, there are some legitimate questions the people have,” he too, did have concerns.

"The government wants to quarantine everybody who comes back to India from abroad. But the legitimate question is that where do you quarantine them? Where are the facilities in existence?," Dr. Tharoor asked.

Making a reference to the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) facility where a lot of people were quarantined, Dr. Tharoor said, "We have been very lucky so far that nobody came with an infection. But since there are so many common facilities, (in the current quarantine facilities), if one person is infected, everybody will get infected. So these are rather serious concerns."

Dr. Tharoor clarified that his questions are directed to criticize the government as it can happen to any government dealing with a totally unexpected and unprecedented pandemic. He said "we all have to show solidarity and sensible cooperation with the authorities. My bigger concern is about India.”

Mr Tharoor said, "We had a good comprehensive briefings both by Foreign and Health Ministers. I am not complaining about the government. They are doing their best. But there are real concerns that we have."

"One issue, for example, that affects my constituency is that a large number of students are stranded at the airports in Italy and they are unable to catch flights to come back. The government has decided that they must be tested before they can come."

Meanwhile, he also claimed that the parents of these students are very anxious.

Bringing up the cases of the thousands of people stuck in Iran, including many fishermen from Southern India, he said, "We have a similar case in relation to the fishermen. These fishermen are in a position where unfortunately they don't have food, they don't have water. We need to evacuate them as soon as possible."