The Congress on Monday contended that the Narendra Modi authorities’s choice to offer free vaccines to all above 18 years of age was taken after the Supreme Court docket pulled it up and questioned its vaccine coverage.
“Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, occasion chief Rahul Gandhi and several other others have been writing to the federal government for offering free vaccines to each residents of the nation, however the authorities didn’t paid heed to its calls for,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala mentioned.
“And the Narendra Modi authorities was introduced into the dock by the Supreme Court docket and several other different courts of the nation. And right this moment a minimum of the federal government has accepted the calls for of the Congress partially to vaccinate all above 18 years of age without cost,” he added.
His remarks got here after Prime Minister Modi, in a televised deal with to the nation, mentioned that each one Indians above 18 years of age will likely be administered free Covid-19 vaccine from June 21, and that the states will likely be offered these vaccine doses freed from value from the Central authorities.
Launching an assault on the federal government, the Congress chief mentioned that by not shopping for vaccines from Might 2020 to January 2021, and never permitting free vaccines to all until June 7 this yr, the federal government has dedicated a sin because of which lakhs of individuals misplaced their lives.
Surjewala mentioned that within the final six months the federal government has taken three totally different steps, after which the Supreme Court docket and several other different courts of the nation slammed the federal government over its “confused” vaccine coverage.
“Following the bashing from the courts and calls for of the Congress and opposition events, the federal government has determined to vaccinate all above 18 years of age without cost at authorities hospitals from June 21. Can somebody inform, why the federal government modified the vaccine coverage thrice in final six months and performed with the lives of lakhs of the individuals of the nation,” he requested, including that should not the Prime Minister and the federal government be held accountable for the loss of life of lakhs of individuals and people who suffered with Covid.
Firing one other salvo on the authorities, Surjewala mentioned, “Until date, the federal government had been shopping for 50 per cent of the vaccines produced within the nation and the one distinction with right this moment’s choice is that the federal government will now purchase 75 per cent of the vaccines produced. Whereas the federal government has made the association of 25 per cent of the vaccines produced to the non-public sector. It means in case you are a salaried particular person or a small businessman, then nonetheless the vaccine shouldn’t be free for you.”