Shashi Tharoor M.P praises Prime Minister for enabling him to arrange Rapid Test Kits for Kerala
It was Congress MP Shashi Tharoor who was instrumental in getting Coronavirus Rapid Test Kits from Pune immediately after the cases in Kerala crossed 300. Tharoor used his MP Fund for this purpose. While, the public as well as Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan himself praised Tharoor for this unparalleled work, Tharoor is all praise for Prime Minister Modi for the appropriate and worthy action he had taken to help him in this regard.
In a Channel discussion, Tharoor recalled that there was no provision to buy movable goods using the MP Fund and it was under the instruction of the Prime Minister, that he could buy the equipment and bring them to Kerala.
There were also some restrictions in buying the required number of thermometers as the price was off limits of the MP Fund. However, Tharoor informed the PM about the difficulties in a random chat after the Parliament session in the presence of the Lok sabha speaker. After some time, the speaker called Tharoor and told him that as a result of the intervention made by the Prime Minister, an amendment was made to change the threshold value of the MP Fund and it would be rolled out the day itself, Tharoor Said.
Thanks to the Prime Minister’s intervention, Tharoor managed to order the kits from a Pune company, but as lockdown was in force, there was restriction in moving the goods from one city to another. With the help of the doctors working in Thiruvanathpuram Medical College, IMA , District Medical officers and Spice Jet Pilot Anand Mohandas. this hinderance was also overcome and the kits reached Calicut and from there by road they were taken to Thiruvanathapuram.
The kits are indigenously developed by Indian scientists with ICMR clearance. The kits were manufactured by a Gujarati firm Mylabs.