KSA demands action against suppliers
IMPHAL, 20th Apr: Asking all those involved in the supply of soiled masks to come out and own up their misdeeds, Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA) has asserted that the government should not resolve the issue by conducting a simple departmental enquiry.
Issuing a press release in this regard, KSA recalled that Manipur State Health Society issued notices to agencies for supply of N-95 masks, triple-layered mask, hand gloves, hand sanitizers and PPEs worth Rs 3,38,55,975 crore for use by medical staff in the fight against the pandemic COVID-19. Accordingly, seven agencies supplied 45,100 pieces of N-95 masks; 3,58,000 triple-layered masks; 1,22,650 hand gloves; 32,107 bottles of hand sanitizers; 91 sprayers; 140 non-contact thermometers and 16,520 PPE s to Manipur Health Society, the release informed.
KSA further recalled that on April 15, it was found out that the N-95 masks supplied to Churachandpur district hospital were nothing but pollution masks and the masks supplied to the Health Department were soiled with fungus.
Questioning the government how such supply of soiled masks has taken place during the crucial hours for containing the spread of novel Coronavirus, KSA pointed out that the government and the people should not remain as mute spectator towards such selfish profit mongers. KSA further questioned the government why it is silent over the issue.
Demanding that the sanction order for the said supply be cancelled, KSA warned the Health Minister and director that it would not remain silent if the supply order is given to fraud agencies.
Asking the government to make its stand clear on the issue, KSA categorically stated that the involved agencies and individuals should be given appropriate punishment in front of public.
Pointing out that the government should not resolve the issue by simply conducting a minor departmental enquiry; KSA informed that a committee would be formed to investigate into the matter and findings of the enquiry would be announced to the public.