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SAD holds sit-in near Health Minister Sidhu's residence, demands his removal from cabinet

Chandigarh, June 7 

The opposition SAD on Monday staged a sit-in close to the residence of Punjab Well being Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu in Mohali and sought his dismissal from the cupboard over the “diversion” of coronavirus vaccine to non-public hospitals.

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal accused the Congress-led authorities of “making a living” by promoting the vaccine to non-public hospitals.

On the one hand, persons are dying of COVID-19 and on the opposite, the Congress authorities is busy “making a living” by promoting vaccine, he charged.

Badal requested Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to dismiss Sidhu for the alleged “vaccine rip-off”.

The Punjab authorities had final week requested non-public hospitals to return all vaccine inventory meant for the 18-44 age group, following criticism.

Badal additionally focused the chief minister and mentioned he was not bothered in regards to the plight of individuals throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

He mentioned the chief minister was apprised of overcharging by non-public hospitals from Covid sufferers and “black advertising and marketing” of medicines and injections, however he had finished nothing to stop this.

A number of senior SAD leaders, together with Prem Singh Chandumajra, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, N Ok Sharma and Daljit Singh Cheema, had been current on the ‘dharna’ that continued for greater than two hours.

Some leaders of the SAD youth wing additionally held a protest exterior the official residence of Sidhu in Chandigarh.

Opposition events have been attacking the Amarinder Singh-led authorities for allegedly diverting the COVID-19 vaccine to non-public hospitals.

The Punjab authorities on Friday had issued an order to take again vaccine doses given to non-public hospitals.

The well being minister had then mentioned that the instruction of offering one-time restricted vaccine doses to non-public hospitals had been withdrawn. PTI

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