Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Monday questioned the Delhi government’s move to reserve government hospitals only for residents of the capital in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases. “Mr. (Arvind) Kejriwal says Delhi hospitals are only for Delhiites. Will he please tell us who is a Delhiite? If I live or work in Delhi, am I a Delhiite?” the former Union finance minister posted on Twitter.
He also wondered if Kejriwal’s announcement is in accordance with the objectives of Aayushman Bharat. “I thought if a person had enrolled in Jan Arogya Yojana/Aayushman Bharat, he can seek treatment in any enlisted hospital, public or private, anywhere in India? Did Mr Kejriwal take legal opinion before he made his announcement?” Chidambaram further questioned the Delhi chief minister.
Delhi is the third worst coronavirus-hit state in the country with nearly 29,000 cases. “The issue before us is that corona cases are rising fast in Delhi. We have arranged beds in our hospitals for corona patients. If our hospitals are kept open for people from all over the country, where will the people of Delhi go,” Kejriwal had said about the motive behind his government’s decision.
Kejriwal claimed that the decision was taken after 90 per cent of the people who responded to the CM’s call for suggestions felt that the city’s hospitals should be reserved for Delhiites.
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