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RJD Demands High-Level Investigation into “Irregularities” in Bihar Covid Testing | India News


NEW DELHI: Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) demanded a high-level investigation on Friday into alleged irregularities in Covid-19 testing in Bihar, after reports suggested glaring gaps between what’s on paper and in the ground.
Raising the issue through a mention of Zero Hour in the Rajya Sabha, RJD MP Manoj Kumar Jha said that reports in a national newspaper have suggested falsifying and manipulating test data.
The number of tests to detect coronavirus infection increased from 10,000 to one lakh in seven days and to two lakh in fifteen days, he said.
The names of the persons registered as examined do not exist or the contact numbers and other details are false.
“No name and mobile number match … 10 times, ‘0’ (zero) has also been given as the contact number … no contact tracing could be established,” Jha said, citing the report from news.
“A high-level investigation must be immediately constituted to investigate the matter,” he demanded.
The RJD leader suggested that valid government identification tests, such as Aadhaar card or PAN card, should be reliable when performing such tests.
President M Venkaiah Naidu also commented that this was a matter of investigation.
“The issue is important,” he said.
While Congress’s Rajamani Patel demanded that the Deorkothar Buddhist stupas in Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa district be declared an archaeological site of national importance, B Lingaiah Yadav of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) raised the issue of the industrial corridor in the southern state. . .
Maharaja Sanajaoba Leishemba of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wanted the Manipuri script on Indian banknotes, Muzibulla Khan of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) proposed the constitution of a flying squad to verify the construction of toilets under the Swachh Bharat Mission.
Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) wanted the Krishna River Board of Directors to remain in Vijayawada and not move to Visakhapatnam and Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) opposed the clubbing of nine institutes for the different- able in four groups.
Ashok Sidddharth of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) demanded that the Center cover 100 percent of the postmetric scholarship for members of the Programmed Caste (SC) communities because state governments, with limited financial resources, have been cutting such scholarships after Scholarship funding for students was changed to a ratio of 90:10 (center-state) from the previous 60:40 agreement.
Congressional Shamsher Singh Dullo raised the issue that the Center does not award its full share of South Carolina student education scholarships to states like Punjab.
The Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot responded to this, saying that the utilization certificates were not issued by the state and that there were other irregularities as well.
Any amounts owed will be released if the utilization certificates are delivered, he added.

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