Soon after former India cricketer and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir pledged to donate Rs 1 crore to the Delhi government for coronavirus fight, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said the availability of PPE kits and not money was the issue, as he urged the MP to help in getting these kits.
Gambhir on Monday wrote to Kejriwal that he will give additional Rs 50 lakh, apart from the equal amount he promised a few days back, for procurement of medical equipment and treatment of COVID-19 patients in the national capital.
Tweeting the letter, Gambhir said: "CM Arvind Kejriwal and his Deputy (Manish Sisodia) say funds are needed. Though their massive egos didn't allow them to take 50 lakh from my MPLADS funds earlier, I pledge 50 lakh more so that innocents don't suffer! (Rs) One crore would at least solve urgent need for masks and PPE kits for days. Hope they prioritize Delhi."
Gautam ji, thank u for ur offer. The problem is not of money but availability of PPE kits. We wud be grateful if u cud help us get them from somewhere immediately, Del govt will buy them. Thank u. https://t.co/YtFP4MjYo3— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 6, 2020
Responding to the tweet, Kejriwal thanked Gambhir for the offer.
"Gautamji, thank you for your offer. The problem is not of money but availability of PPE kits. We would be grateful if you could help us get them from somewhere immediately. Delhi government will buy them. Thank you," Kejriwal said.
Here are some reactions:
Sir— RESISTANCE (@tirangawasi) April 6, 2020
First make him understand that MPLAD fund is also exchequer money which he believes his compensation.
Second, PPE tendering process is through HLL or CMSS which both fall in central Govt purview.
Third, a tweet to showcase his empathetic leadership is nothing but EGO.
Ha ha— Neelkant Bakshi (@neelkantbakshi) April 6, 2020
1. Then why your team crying for money everywhere in media na social media
2. anyone can buy from open market .. but helpless Delhi CM is really doing politics at this time of crisis is highly condemnable.. @GautamGambhir @ManojTiwariMP @BJP4Delhi
Meanwhile, with just a few PPE kits left with the hospitals in Delhi, the city government has written to the Centre and has also allowed hospitals to procure the kits from local manufacturers and suppliers.
Close to 10 doctors and other medical staff in the city have tested positive for the infection so far.
(With IANS inputs)