After 100 deaths at Kota hospital Sachin Pilot admits lapses, takes responsibility

After the death of over a hundred children at the JK Lone hospital in Rajasthan’s Kota Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot reached Kota from Jaipur.

Pilot met parents of some children who died in the government-run JK Lone hospital in Kota.

Pilot, who also happens to be the Pradesh Congress Committee chief, came back to Rajasthan from Delhi after the interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi expressed her dismay over the deaths. He was directed to visit Kota immediately and assess the situation there.

Speaking to reporters after visiting the Kota hospital, Sachin Pilot said the government could have been more sensitive in its response and there is no point blaming past government.

“I think our response to this (Kota infants’ deaths) could have been more compassionate and sensitive. After being in power for 13 months I think it serves no purpose to blame the previous government’s misdeeds. Accountability should be fixed,” Sachin Pilot said.

“One can’t escape responsibility by weaving a web of numbers. We shouldn’t be talking about what happened in the past. We should rather be fixing responsibility of what is happening at present.”

Health minister Raghu Sharma and Transport minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas went to Kota on Friday.

The BJP sent a three-member committee comprising MPs to Kota’s JK Lone hospital and take stock of the situation there. The three MPs included Rajya Sabha MP Kanta Kardam, Dausa MP Jaskaur Meena and West Bengal MP Locket Chatterjee.

The BJP MPs lashed out at Rajasthan Government over the deaths of children at the Kota hospital and claimed there was “administrative laxity”. They also urged the Gehlot government to take necessary measures to bring the situation under control.