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Karnataka Health Minister Accuses Centre of Disrupting Anti-TB Drug Supply

Karnataka’s Health Minister, Dinesh Gundu Rao, has voiced concerns over interruptions in the supply of anti-tuberculosis (TB) drugs by the Central government. Rao highlighted the critical shortage of medications, putting the lives of over 80,000 TB patients at risk annually in the state.

Expressing dismay over the lack of adequate drug quantities, Rao emphasized the detrimental impact of delayed communications and directives from the Union Government, especially during the model code of conduct period. He urged immediate action to rectify the situation, stressing that neglecting people’s health amid electoral considerations is unjustifiable.

Rao’s assertions come amidst accusations of “stepmotherly treatment” towards Karnataka by the Centre regarding funding for various development projects, particularly in drought-affected regions. State Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar also criticized the Centre for not providing the mandated extra 50 days of work under the MGNREGA program for drought-hit taluks, despite repeated appeals from state officials.

Shivakumar underscored the urgency of addressing these issues, pointing out the legal obligation to provide additional support during times of crisis. Despite appeals to Union Ministers, including the Prime Minister and Home Minister, Shivakumar lamented the lack of financial assistance for drought relief efforts in Karnataka.

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