Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought free Covid jabs for the 18-44 age group, saying the state was unable to incur practically Rs 1,100 crore on it on account of careworn assets.
Mr Soren mentioned the state was battling a lethal second wave of COVID-19 with its restricted assets.
“The monetary burden on the state for vaccination of the age cohort of 18-44 years is more likely to be greater than Rs 1,100 crore contemplating 1.57 crore eligible beneficiaries. With vaccine being out there for age cohort of 12-18 years and beneath, the talked about monetary burden will additional improve by round Rs 1,000 crore. It will likely be extraordinarily tough to spare as a lot assets from the useful resource pool of the state which is already careworn throughout Covid occasions,” the letter talked about.
He mentioned the abysmal provide of vaccine as in comparison with the state’s requirement is the foremost obstacle to the continuing vaccination drive.