Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb had criticised state media over its Covid protection
Days after Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb triggered a furore by declaring he would not “forgive” state media for its “confused” protection of the Covid crisis, he looked for to clarify his remarks.
The Chief Minister on Tuesday evening said that although he never implied to hurt anybody he was performing his task as a guardian of the state. He stated he had to secure individuals from confusion over the management of the coronavirus pandemic.
” The issue I raised in my speech that day was not aimed to harm or criticise anyone. It was to notify the people of Tripura about confusion and some conspiracy. It is my responsibility to safeguard the people from all these. Sometime publicity is such that a monkey is revealed as a tiger and tiger is shown as a monkey,” Mr Deborah informed a delegation of reporters from the electronic media.
Recently Mr Deborah introduced a vehement criticism of an area of Tripura newspapers for publishing stories that declared the health crisis had actually been mishandled by the BJP government.
” A couple of newspapers and journalists are getting overexcited and confusing individuals of Tripura. History would not forget them. I will also not forgive them. Individuals of Tripura will not forget them. Biplab Deb will not forget them. I do what I say, I keep my words. History will remain witness to it,” Mr Deb had actually said.
The comment was greatly criticised by the press; journalists stated it was an attack on the freedom of journalism and some reportedly provided the Chief Minister a final notice to withdraw the declaration.
A rural journalist who criticised Mr Deb through an aggressive social networks post was roughed up.
The Online Forum for Defense of Media and Journalists had actually condemned the Chief Minister’s declaration and called a meeting of journalists in Agartala.
” In the past, papers and reporters working in Tripura had confrontations with the government however, for the previous two years, the state has actually tried to turn the media into a servant,” Subal Dey, the group’s chairman, stated.
The row over press flexibility in the state came soon after the Tripura High Court sought a report from the government over anti-Covid procedures and facilities. The report is to be presented on Friday.
In the hearing, held through video-conference, the court said: “Current paper reports particularly published in vernacular language have actually reported the predicament of patients and family members of those who have actually evaluated favorable. Specific drawbacks in public healthcare system are forecasted.”
Tripura health department authorities have said screening centers have actually been scaled up in a big way. The state now has 4 screening laboratories – 2 with RT-PCR units and 2 with TRUENAT makers.
Amongst smaller sized states Tripura has the highest per million test rate – at 83,093 The state has evaluated over 3.22 lakh individuals – the majority through Fast Antigen Test (RAT) packages, official sources have actually stated.
The centre has likewise sent a professional team to assist the state, where Covid-related deaths are on the increase.
Tripura has the greatest coronavirus death rate in the northeast – 1.10 percent – and 217 deaths have been recorded. In general the state has around 20,000 verified Covid cases so far, of which around 7,500 are active.