Monday, May 11, 2009

Ministers’ review perfunctory: Lok Satta

The Lok Satta Party today took exception to the casual manner in which three Ministers had reviewed the breakout out of diseases like cholera and diarrhea in many parts of the State. Even as they recognized that polluted drinking water triggered the diseases, they did not display any remorse for neglecting the problem for so many years and causing avoidable distress to thousands of people.

Talking to the media, party spokespersons Dr. P. Bhaskara Rao and Mrs. K. Gita Murthy recalled that while one Minister claimed there were no deaths, another said there was only one death while the third one dismissed the cholera outbreak as a routine feature. Far from boosting the morale of victims by ensuring continuous medical relief, the Ministers were content with announcing ex gratia payments to the next of kin of the deceased.

People were rightly indignant with the Ministers because they had been denied a basic amenity for decades. The Lok Satta spokespersons said the Ministers are public servants and accountable to the public as long as they continued to be in office.

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