Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government are being critisized by activists and right groups for buying arms worth $116 million from Israel despite coronavirus crisis.
A statement released by the Indian government says Israel will supply the Indian military with 16,479 Negev light machine guns, despite growing concerns over the health emergency facing the country of 1.3 billion people.
According to Middle East Eye news portal, doctors on the frontline in India continue to complain of a shortage of masks and protective equipment, highlighting concerns that India is ill-prepared to deal with a crisis of this magnitude.
“Why is the government of India choosing to spend massive amounts on military purchases instead of prioritising a corona relief package, medical infrastructure, free healthcare and testing for all?’ – Kavita Krishnan, Communist Party of India.
India has so far recorded more than 469 cases of Covid-19 , with 10 fatalities.
India is experiencing a spike in coronavirus infections, yet it has conducted only few tests, the news portal said, adding that on Monday an Indian epidemiologist estimated up to 715 million people here might have the virus that India could see many deaths by May.