Stalin wants TN Health Minister replaced, CM to take over portfolio

Chennai: Following the transfer of Health Secretary Beela Rajesh, Opposition DMK president M K Stalin has demanded replacing Health Minister Dr Vijayabaskar also and Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswmi should take over the portfolio for effective management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement here, he said the views expressed in some quarters that Palaniswmi should take over the Health portfolio for better co-ordination to handle the COVID-19 could not be be ignored.

While the Health Secretary has been shifted out, the Health Minister should also be as per opinions in some section, amid allegations over discrepancies in the numbers of COVID-19 deaths, charge denied by the Chief Minister.

Referring to the reports of mismatch in the number of COVID-19 deaths data between Greater Chennai Corporation and the Health Department, Stalin, who is also the Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly, said the government should be transparent in the disclosure of number of tests and deaths.

 

NT Bureau