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Gujarat: State govt held ‘Namaste Trump’ occasion regardless of its personal notification, says Chavda


Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Amit Chavda stated, whereas talking within the Gujarat Assembly on Saturday, that the state authorities hosted the “Namaste Trump” occasion regardless of issuing an official notification warning concerning the Covid-19 pandemic in January 2020.

“When the Covid-19 outbreak happened in China, World Health Organisation had warned all the countries. Government of India in turn warned the states. The office of Health Commissioner in Gujarat had issued a notification on January 22, 2020 clearly asking the hospitals and the medical staff to prepare and equip themselves to fight against Corona…. Despite all this we held the “Namaste Trump” occasion at finish of February 2020. When folks had been to be sensitised and made conscious, we held this occasion the place 1000’s of individuals got here from overseas international locations with none medical checks, no quarantine measures had been taken. People had been introduced from all corners of Gujarat in buses and other people had been gathered within the (Narendra Modi) stadium. The end result was that instances roses quickly,” Chavda stated.

The notification issued by the state authorities in January 2020 had requested authorities to start surveillance by checking the travel historical past of individuals within the state and inform the epidemic wing if any particular person with a historical past of travel to China is present in final 14 days.

Speaking on the discussions associated to the speech of Governor Acharya Devvrat, Chavda stated the state authorities tried to cover figures associated to Covid and transferred officers who expressed fear concerning the prevailing circumstances.

“When the death rate of Gujarat was the highest in the country, instead of taking actions, the government tried to hide figures,” he stated.

“It was the Gujarat High Court which intervened and asked the government to reduce the prices of Covid tests, in private laboratories,” the Congress chief stated.

Agri land for pvt varsities

Congress MLA Punja Vansh identified how agricultural land was given to non-public universities like Vadodara-based Parul University and Rajkot-based RK University regardless of objections from Agriculture Minister RC Faldu. Vansh stated the land was meant for staring BSc Agriculture programs by the schools was given clearances by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani regardless of Faldu’s making file noting concerning the unlawful course of.

Faldu whereas talking on the discussions stated, “Both these universities are private agricultural universities. They need clearances from the state’s agriculture department if they want to start courses on agriculture… I made certain remarks in the files, regarding private universities owning land. Thereafter, the government considering the needs of the education sector made some changes as the government universities were not sufficient. In the third semester of the agricultural course, one student will need some land for practical experience. Where will the private universities get this land. So we took help of the revenue department.”


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