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COVID-19: Ramdas Athawale suggests setting up memorials for healthcare workers

Athawale, chief of Republic Party of India (RPI), said that the memorial should be set up in view of the contribution made by healthcare workers in saving people’s lives amid the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19: Ramdas Athawale suggests setting up memorials for healthcare workers
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Ramdas Athawale, Minister of State (MoS) for Social Justice and Empowerment in the Narendra Modi cabinet, said that every state should install a memorial for the healthcare workers who are risking their own lives to help others amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Athawale, chief of Republic Party of India (RPI), said that the memorial should be set up in view of the contribution made by healthcare workers in saving people’s lives amid the pandemic. He said that the capital of each state should have a memorial for healthcare workers to remember their work and sacrifice. 

“It is a noble and appreciable suggestion to install a national memorial dedicated to our doctors, nurses and all other healthcare staff who are saving people’s life while risking their own,” Athawale was quoted as saying in the media reports. 

Athawale further said that he will write to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and all chief ministers to dedicate a memorial in the national capital and the capitals of all states. It will provide an opportunity to remember their work and sacrifice, he added. 

He was speaking at an event organised by the Integrated Health and Wellbeing  (IHW) Council to acknowledge the contribution of people working in the health system during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Meanwhile, Athawale-led RPI will protest against the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra to highlight the increase in the number of atrocities against Dalits and Buddhists in Maharashtra even during the lockdown period. 

The protest will be held across the state outside collector offices, police stations and tehsil headquarters. In a statement, the RPI said that it has decided to organised protests across Maharashtra on July 11.

On July 11, 1997, a team of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) fired upon a crowd in Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar in Mumbai for protesting the desecration of Babasaheb Ambedkar’s statue. 

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