Gangtok, 25 Mar: Passang Sherpa of “I am 371F Campaign” has rejected the recently-held budget session of the State Legislative Assembly and the public displays of concern by political parties on the Novel Coronavirus situation as hollow and superficial. The budget session, Mr Sherpa contends concluded without a “proper roadmap for the future of Sikkimese people at this hour of Global Epidemic of COVID-19.” In a press release issued today, he has further accused the State Government of illinformed policies and tokenism in the manner in which scholarship students returning to Sikkim experienced a harrowing attempt at being quarantined while at the same time Minister and MLAs returning from Guwahati and New Delhi at around the same time were allowed to mingle freely and socialize. He goes on to scoff at moves by SKM and SDF to distribute face-masks and sanitizers on “competitive mode” and drawing crowds at a time when WHO was advising social distancing. “The concerned shown by state government towards COVID-19 outbreak is as hollow as the proceeding of curtailed State Assembly session,” he states while adding that attention should instead have been paid on securing personal protective equipment for healthworkers, police personnel, municipality workers, employees at pharmaceutical companies, media-persons and others engaged in essential tasks and were exposed to risk of infection. The lack of a testing facility for COVID-19 in Sikkim was also unfortunate, he states while adding that “not a single discussion took place about PPE and dedicated testing lab for Sikkim in recently concluded budget session.” Against such a backdrop, even as “political parties are more on earning credits than getting down to reality of global pandemic,” IAM 371F Campaign has been writing to the Union Health Ministry demanding a dedicated testing lab and proper Personnel Protective Equipment for every individuals working towards containing this Global Epidemic, he informs. “We would like to draw attention of state government towards the recent discovery of COVID-19 test kit by a Pune based molecular diagnostics Company Mylab Discovery Solutions Pvt. LTD. Who got approval from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation. Therefore, through this Press Release we urge state government of Sikkim to immediately ensure maximum testing kit and adequate personal protective equipment at earliest,” he concludes.got approval from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation. Therefore, through this Press Release we urge state government of Sikkim to immediately ensure maximum testing kit and adequate personal protective equipments at earliest,” he concludes.