Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday composed a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting that the country’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna should be awarded this year to all doctors, nurses and paramedics who served the people amid the pandemic. It will be a true respect to doctors who lost their lives, he said. In the letter to the prime minister, Kejriwal said this year’s Bharat Ratna should be bestowed upon doctors, nurses and paramedics.
Many doctors and nurses immolate their lives fighting Corona. If we bestow them with Bharat Ratna then it will be a true tribute to them. Lakhs of doctors and nurses served people liberally without worrying about their lives and kin. There can be no other option (than bestowing them with Bharat Ratna) to thank and tribute them, he wrote in the letter in Hindi. He also emphasised that if necessary emmends should be made in rules so that the medical community can be tributed the highest civilian award.
If rules do not allow to bestow Bharat Ratna on a group, then I urge you to amend rules. Entire country is grateful towards our experts. Every citizen of the country will be pleased if they (doctors) are tributed with Bharat Ratna, Kejriwal prayed to the PM in the letter. Earlier in the day, the chief minister had also tweeted on the same matter. “The ‘Indian Doctor’ should procure Bharat Ratna this year. ‘Indian Doctor’ means all doctors, nurses and paramedics. It will be a true tribute to all martyred doctors. It will be an honour of those who have been rendering without caring for their lives and kin. The whole country will be gratified at this,” Kejriwal had said in a tweet in Hindi.
More than 730 doctors have surrendered to coronavirus contamination during the second wave, according to reports available by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) in mid-June. Bihar saw the maximum number of 115 casualties, followed by Delhi at 109, Uttar Pradesh 79, West Bengal 62, Rajasthan 43, Jharkhand 39, and Andhra Pradesh 38, the information showed.
According to the IMA, 748 specialists died in the first wave of the pandemic.