Lucknow, Sep 12: The Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath faced severe criticism for the deaths of more than seventy children due to lack of oxygen in the BRD medical college and hospital in Gorakhpur last month.
With 16 more deaths, including one due to encephalitis, the death toll in the BRD medical college and hospital, since August, has risen to 415, says a report issued on Monday.
In an exclusive interview to The Indian Express, the CM justified the "harsh" steps taken against doctors found guilty of dereliction of duty which allegedly led to the deaths of so many children in the hospital.
When asked about the arrests of doctors working in the hospital, Adityanath said, "It was not a harsh step. First, the Gorakhpur incident was presented in the wrong way, with wrong facts. But it was clear from this incident that there were some people in the system who wanted to destroy it deliberately. Harsh action was needed against such people. This was a must to teach them a lesson."
"There were lapses and we are here to fix responsibility. There was an agreement between the buyer and supplier. If the government was releasing money, then why was the payment not being made? Then, if somebody is working in the government and doing private practice, action is a must. They were misusing government money. The supplier is also guilty since he stopped the supply. The Gorakhpur incident and the government's action will be a lesson for such people," Adityanath added.
Talking about completion of six months in power, the CM said that he and his colleagues have been successful in getting people to trust the government.
"People of UP now feel secure and the entire country's mindset about UP is changing. Investors have started approaching us, they want to come and invest in UP. We have shown transparency in governance and established the rule of law. It was our commitment and we have fulfilled this," the CM added.