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Chamling hits out at Sikkim Govt

By A correspondent

GANGTOK, May 8 - Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) supremo Pawan Chamling has termed the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha Government �a total failure� in handling the novel coronavirus crisis in the State.

Sikkim does not have a testing laboratory, and lies at the bottom as far as COVID-19 tests are concerned, Chamling, former Chief Minister of the State, alleged. Truenat test kits were brought in, 25 days after the clearance of the Centre, the SDF chief said, adding that every PHC should have this testing facility.

�The Government has wasted the lockdown period, and is not taking the crisis too seriously. In fact, the approach has been very casual,� Chamling further alleged.

He pointed out that the quarantine centres for stranded Sikkimese who are being brought back, should not have been put up in the middle of residential areas or public places, but remote places. Village and urban areas which have quarantine centres, should be designated as containment zones, Chamling maintained.

�We welcome the decision to bring back students and other residents, but there should not be any discrimination in this regard like in the recent case at Kota, where six poor students were left behind,� said the former Sikkim Chief Minister.

Only politics is being played in the name of collection of donations and distribution of relief sent by the Centre, Chamling alleged.

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