Corona didn’t spare Modi govt

June 20 2020

Covid-19 seems to be redefining communism giving equal treatment to all irrespective of the fact whether one is on the margins of the society or in the ‘safe’ powerhouse cocoon. The investigation has assumed top priority as to how did Covid-19 reach higher officers and most powerful central ministers. With Unlock 1.0 the central govt ordered opening up of all the central govt offices with 50% employee attendance mandatory. Senior officers were asked to report regularly on the duty. Home Ministry was working full throttle even during the lockdown. The factual and grammatical errors in the bill brought on Kashmir were being rectified. It is said that there were 57 such errors in the bill that was to be corrected and the bill was to be presented to the parliament. This task was assigned to a capable officer specially summoned from the Law ministry. Later the same officer was found to be corona positive. The chain of officers in various ministries like Nirman Bhawan, Rail Bhawan, Shashtri Bhawan, Krishi Bhawan, National Media Centre and Health ministry being found corona positive continued unabated. Although there is no official list of all the infected officers in various ministries but according to an estimate, around 300 officers have turned positive. Among the seniors, the name of Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar, Vinod Pal of the Niti Ayog, Under Secretary of the Finance department Rita Mal (who sits in the North Block), Dhatwalia of PIB along with 30 other officers feature in the list. Many senior ministers like Nitin Gadkari, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javdekar and Narendra Singh Tomar have gone for a self-quarantine. Apart from these, 6 Secretaries along with 6 Joint Secretaries are also self quarantined.

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