Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday blamed the outbreak of coronavirus for the delay in giving smartphones to the youth of the state. Taking a dig at Punjab CM’s statement, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bikram Singh Majithia said that now the smartphones have been infected by a coronavirus.
The Chief Minister said that the state was not able to receive the goods from China due to which the smartphones could not be provided. As soon as the coronavirus was controlled, the smartphones would be distributed, he said. The phones had already been ordered from China, which unfortunately had to delay release of the order due to the unprecedented Coronavirus, the Chief Minister told the House during his speech.
The phones will be provided as soon as we receive the consignment, he assured the members, adding that the Congress president had, in fact, set up committees to ensure implementation of all promises in Congress-led states and the smart phones promise would definitely be fulfilled by his government at the earliest possible.
Majithia added that the Congress government led by Captain Amarinder Singh has been running away from the promises it made during the elections. Likewise, the SAD leader said that because of coronavirus, the distribution of smartphones seemed difficult.
Punjab CM had promised youth jobs and smartphones but he failed to keep his promises. Earlier, Punjab CM had said that on Republic Day this year, he would start the first phase of the smartphone distribution. The first batch of 1.6 lakh smartphones was to be given to girl students of Class 11 and 12.
The death toll in China due to the novel coronavirus has surged to 2,715 with the number of confirmed cases 78,064.