New Delhi, Aug 30: Alleging crimil negligence leading to the death of around 300 children in two premier government hospitals in Jharkhand, the Congress on Wednesday demanded the resigtion of Chief Minister Raghubar Das and the sacking of the Health Minister.
The party also demanded a judicial inquiry monitored by a sitting High Court judge and called upon Prime Minister rendra Modi to look into “serious deficiencies in the health infrastructure” in the Bharatiya Jata Party (BJP)-ruled states. “Ranchi and Jamshedpur districts in Jharkhand are passing through dark times,” AICC in-charge of the state R.P.N. Singh said. “The downright callousness of the BJP-led Raghubar Das Government is responsible for the death of 164 children in the past four months in Jamshedpur only.” Singh added that out of the 164 deaths in Jamshedpur, 60 took place in the last month itself.
The Congress leader pointed that in the state capital Ranchi, 133 deaths had been reported in the past 28 days. Singh said that his party would continue its protest to mount pressure for ensuring accountability. The party has lodged a complaint against Das, Health Minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi and senior health authorities. It also filed a complaint with the tiol Human Rights Commission (NHRC), which has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary of Jharkhand and sought a report in six weeks. (IANS)