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Ravneet Singh Bittu from Punjab slams Union minister Puri over Covid vaccine issue

Chandigarh, June 6

Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu on Sunday dubbed Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri’s cost of profiteering by the Punjab authorities by promoting Covid-19 vaccines to personal hospitals as “baseless”.

The Ludhiana MP mentioned there isn’t a query of profiteering by the state authorities from the provision of vaccines when the entire quantity paid by just a few non-public hospitals has been deposited within the State Vaccination Fund for the acquisition of vaccines to inoculate the individuals of the state towards the viral illness totally free.

He slammed the BJP-led authorities on the Centre for allegedly not making certain satisfactory provides of vaccine doses to the states.

Puri on Saturday sought a probe into the alleged profiteering by the Congress authorities in Punjab by promoting Covid vaccines to personal hospitals.

The state authorities issued an order on Friday for taking again the vaccines given to the non-public hospitals with rapid impact after the opposition focused it for allegedly diverting Covid vaccines to those healthcare services.

Bittu mentioned the state authorities is already dedicated to making sure free vaccination to all of the residents of Punjab.

“The actual situation for which the central authorities is squarely accountable is the woefully insufficient provide of vaccines, which the state isn’t getting even after inserting an order with the Serum Institute of India in Pune. Why did the BJP fail to make sure the provision of satisfactory vaccines to the nation?” he requested.

The Congress chief mentioned all vaccine provides, whether or not from home or overseas suppliers, are completely being managed by the Union authorities.

“It’s a matter of nice disgrace that the Union authorities failed to barter provides of vaccines with each home and overseas producers in 2020. The manufacturing capability of the SII and Covaxin also needs to have been expanded in an enormous approach. All this, even if India is a pharma hub of the complete world,” he mentioned in an announcement issued right here.

Bittu mentioned solely 4.29 lakh doses of Covishield have been acquired by Punjab thus far, even if the state positioned an order for 30 lakh doses with the SII as quickly because the Centre introduced its new vaccine coverage.

Aside from paying Rs 18.27 crore for five.43 lakh vaccine doses, the Punjab authorities has paid Rs 22.88 crore as advance for the procurement of 6.88 lakh vaccine doses, that are but to be acquired, he mentioned.

In response to the Union well being ministry’s information, as on June 1, Punjab’s vaccine protection was 14.13 per cent, which was decrease than that of the neighbouring states and Union Territory as a result of the state has been getting “very much less” vaccine provides, which is extremely “discriminatory”, Bittu mentioned, including that stepmotherly therapy is being meted out to the border state.

“We had demanded that vaccines be offered totally free to each citizen of the nation. Can Hardeep Singh Puri clarify why the BJP got here out with the coverage of paid vaccination by the states and personal hospitals with no cap on the margin?

“Earlier, the Centre had capped the fees to be taken by the non-public hospitals at a most of Rs 100 however now, it has left it open to the non-public hospitals to cost as a lot as they need,” the Congress MP mentioned.

“This loot by the non-public hospitals, if any, is the results of the defective insurance policies of the central authorities. The Punjab authorities has nothing to do with this,” he added.

Questioning the Union minister, Bittu requested, “If Hardeep Puri is talking of Punjab and its points as a BJP employee, the place was he when Punjab was confronted with an acute scarcity of oxygen and there was a danger of sufferers dying in Amritsar resulting from it? Did he organize even one tanker or cylinder of oxygen for the residents of Punjab throughout the time of acute scarcity of oxygen?” — PTI


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