Delhi govt says Centre stalling increase in tests, MHA rebuts

A letter written by Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain to Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla, accusing the ministry of home affairs of putting pressure on state government officials to stall the proposed increase in Covid-19 testing sparked a major row on Thursday, immediately attracting a strong rebuttal from MHA which dismissed the charge as “false and baseless”. The letter was triggered by anote of Delhi principal secretary, health, Vikram Dev Dutt, suggesting that views of an expert panel, headed by Dr V K Paul, may be taken on the proposed increase in testing for technical guidance on various issues.


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