The BJP on Saturday referred to as for an investigation into alleged “profiteering” by the Congress authorities in Punjab, accusing it of promoting Covid-19 vaccines to non-public hospitals at greater costs.
Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri mentioned that communications throughout the Punjab authorities confirmed that it procured Covishield vaccines for Rs 412 per dose however bought it to non-public hospitals for Rs 1,000 and which in flip charged individuals Rs 1,560 for every dose. “Two personal hospitals in Mohali charged individuals Rs 3,000 and Rs 3,200 per dose,” he mentioned.
Puri mentioned, “The state authorities’s choice to withdraw the order (on vaccines) exhibits that there was one thing fishy,” referring to the Punjab authorities’s choice to withdraw its earlier order offering one-time, restricted vaccine doses to non-public hospitals for the 18-44 years age bracket. “Authorities profiteering ought to cease,” he mentioned.
Taking a dig at Congress president Sonia Gandhi and social gathering chief Rahul Gandhi, Puri mentioned they questioned the Modi authorities over the vaccine provide when their authorities in Punjab was indulging in alleged profiteering to the tune of Rs 38 crore.