Shri Provash Ghosh, General Secretary, SUCI(C), has issued the following statement today:
It is highly deplorable, shocking and sad that more than 150 children so far died due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in the state of Bihar and it is still continuing. It is due to sheer negligence of the central and state governments which are busy in celebrating their victory over the recent polls and who did not have time to save the lives of the children by taking timely action. This brain fever has afflicted more than 600 children across 16 districts of Bihar since the beginning of this month and it is spreading.
We demand from the governments both central and state to provide on top priority all necessary medical support like adequate number of doctors, nurses, equipment and other supports and take up immediate measures to prevent the spread of the disease if necessary by taking help from relevant international organizations. We also demand that enquiry should be conducted to find out who is concretely responsible for this tragedy and stringent punishment meted out to them.
The death of the children is heart wrenching. Though no amount of grief can bring them back to life, and compensate for the loss, we demand from the government to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakhs to each of the bereaved families.
Our party is going to hold protest day on 24th June, 2019 in all state capitals and submit a memorandum to the Governor on this issue. We call upon the people of the country to participate in this programme in a big way in order to pressurize the governments and concerned authorities