CM corrects Health Min’s reply on incinerators

Shillong, May 21: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma clarified that the state currently has only one incinerator placed at NEIGHRIMS. The clarification was made after Health Minister A. L Hek stated that Civil Hospital, Shillong also possessed one.

The minister was responding to a question by Mawphlang MLA S K Sunn, who enquired on the total amount of incinerators in the state during the second day of the re-assembled budget session.

Congress MLA from Gambegre, Saleng Sangma also stated that used PPEs and medical equipment used by health workers and other frontline workers were being dumped irresponsibly.

Hek said that the state was procuring new incinerators, and said that Civil Hospital in Shillong also had one, which was clarified by the Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, Congress MLA Zenith Sangma also accused the Chief Minister of politicising COVID-19 and said that the latter had uploaded an appreciation post on social media thanking NPP workers for their work during COVID-19 pandemic.

He claimed that this would drop the morale of all frontliners who are not from any political party. Responding to the accusation, the chief minister said that he is thankful for everybody’s help during the crisis.

“It is the duty as CM or a political leader to appreciate work done. I have shared appreciation for individuals, organisations online. It is not the time to look at it in a political sense,” he said.

In reply, Rangsakona MLA then questioned Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong’s intention when congress party offered to help transport migrant workers and were allegedly denied to do so.

The Deputy CM was quick to deny the same and said that Congress indicated helping stranded migrants within Meghalaya to return to their home states, while the government was currently prioritising bringing Meghalaya citizens back first. 

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