Youth Congress President B V Srinivas(R)
NEW DELHI: As the second Covid-19 wave stretches the healthcare infrastructure to breaking level, Indian Youth Congress president B V Srinivas and his crew have emerged the go-to folks, shortly responding to SOS messages and arranging for oxygen, medicines and even plasma.
The phrase has unfold. And folks determined for assist because the pandemic spreads, notably within the nationwide capital and its suburbs, have been straight calling IYC members or tagging them and Srinivas on social media platforms.
IYC officers stated that he has a crew of 1,000 members devoted to responding to calls of assist for Covid-19 sufferers. They are doing the whole lot, from arranging plasma, oxygen, medicines and gear to beds, the officers stated.
Humanitarian work is major, stated Srinivas, whose crew has been praised for taking on plenty of Covid-19 reduction works.
If the Congress was in energy, it may have achieved rather more for these in want, added the 40-year-old.
Though appointed IYC president final 12 months, Srinivas, sources stated, shortly gained the eye of the get together management as he and his organisation labored relentlessly to assist migrants attain their native locations throughout the lockdown and took up campaigns towards the Centre’s new farm legal guidelines.
Raised in a middle-class household in Karnataka’s Shivamogga district, Srinivas, earlier than coming into politics, was a cricketer and even performed within the state Under-16 crew.
However, cricket didn’t work out for him and he joined the National College in Basavanagudi. It was from right here, as a National Students’ Union of India member, Srinivas begun his political journey, and through the years, began rising in rank, making his means into state-level politics.
Known to be a grassroot-level employee, Srinivas was appointed secretary within the IYC in 2014 and inside a number of years was made basic secretary. In 2018, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi appointed him vice chairman and after Keshav Chand Yadav resigned as president following the get together’ 2019 Lok Sabha ballot debacle, Srinivas took up the duty.
“For me it was all the time about social and humanitarian work. But some folks appear to be utilizing the Covid-19 pandemic as a possibility to realize their vested curiosity and treating it like an occasion,” stated Srinivas, who has additionally led the IYC into protesting the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
The Congress and the IYC are attempting their finest to assist Covid-19 sufferers and their households, he stated.
“But we’ve got very restricted sources. If we had extra, we’d have achieved extra,” Srinivas stated.
“Because we (Congress) are not in government, we are not being able to do more for the people of the country. Even if we wish, we are not able to do it,” he stated.
The IYC president demanded that strict motion be taken towards those that are utilizing the pandemic for his or her vested pursuits. “This will also help improve the situation,” Srinivas stated.
Sources stated Srinivas has been praised in essential conferences by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and senior chief Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Srinivas stated that in a gathering in March within the presence of Rahul Gandhi a six-month roadmap was ready and it harassed on offering all assist to these affected by Covid-19.
IYC volunteers reportedly additionally provided medical oxygen to 2 overseas embassies for Covid-19 sufferers just lately.
Srinivas had posted a video on Twitter that confirmed a mini-pickup van getting into the embassy of the Philippines carrying oxygen cylinders. He had additionally shared a video of supplying oxygen cylinders by his crew to the New Zealand excessive fee and thanked the IYC crew for the fast reduction.
External affairs minister S Jaishankar had stated that his ministry had checked with the Philippines embassy they usually had no Covid case.
The Ministry of External Affairs had stated it’s in steady contact with all overseas embassies in India and responding to their medical calls for, particularly these associated to Covid-19.
MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had stated the response to medical calls for of the embassies included facilitating therapy in a hospital at the same time as he urged all to not hoard important provides together with oxygen.
India for the final couple of days has been recording over three.50 lakh each day coronavirus circumstances and the fatalities have additionally elevated.