Netizens are mocking India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for posting a picture of a ventilator in response to the opposition and the general public's demand to show transparency on the usage of the PMCARES Fund, which was launched to support India's fight against COVID-19.
The netizens ridiculed the picture of the ventilator shared by party spokesperson Sambit Patra and argued that all that the party had to show from the PMCARES Fund was a picture of a ventilator.
Some netizens even questioned the authenticity of the ventilator. A twitter user opined, "To be honest, they didn't even buy this Ventilator, all they bought was just one sticker."
However, some of the netizens lauded the government's initiative and the sharing of the picture. The BJP's digital media head Amit Malviya also shared the picture.
According to this study, in last 70 years, India got a total of 47 thousand ventilators in public and private hospitals. With #PMCARES, in one stroke, India will get 50 thousand more ventilators!— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) June 15, 2020
Did some one want an audit? Go, learn to count till 50,000 to start with... pic.twitter.com/pSxZOUFoO3
The government has refused to disclose information on the fund in response to a Right to Information request for transparency. The government argues that the fund falls outside the ambit of “public authority” and therefore the information cannot be disclosed.
A fresh plea has since been filed in the Delhi high court challenging the government's response. The opposition has also asked the government to provide more information on the fund, which received large donations from business tycoons - $65 million from India's richest man Mukesh Ambani, and generous donations from celebrities and the general public.
The row over the fund intesified when the Indian government hired private Delhi-based chartered accountancy firm SARC & Associates to audit the fund.