Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Monday wrote to his non-BJP counterparts in 11 states, calling for a united demand that the Centre procure Covid-19 vaccines wanted by the states and distribute them freed from value.
In his letter to the CMs, Vijayan mentioned he had already written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, detailing the deserves of the Centre taking the lead in assessing vaccine necessities of varied states and floating a worldwide tender accordingly. He mentioned the Centre procuring vaccine would even be more cost effective.
Wrote to 11 CMs within the spirit of Cooperative Federalism. Fairly unlucky that Centre absolves itself of its responsibility to obtain vaccines, guarantee free common vaccination. United effort to collectively pursue our real demand is the necessity of the hour, in order that Centre acts instantly. pic.twitter.com/ILvEFYSpRu
— Pinarayi Vijayan (@vijayanpinarayi) May 31, 2021
“If the burden of procuring the vaccine is left to fall fully and even considerably on the states, their fiscal scenario could be in dire straits. Fiscal power of the states is an important a part of a wholesome federal arrange. If the funds of the states are hamstrung, federalism itself can be weakened and this won’t augur nicely for a democratic polity like ours. Additional, this may impede the efforts for early constructing of herd immunity,’’ he mentioned.
Vijayan mentioned vaccine producers need to make monetary features by exploiting the scarce provide scenario. International pharma corporations are unwilling to enter into agreements with states for procuring vaccines. India has public sector pharma corporations that are able to taking on the manufacturing of the vaccine, he mentioned.
Vijayan mentioned the Centre ought to take vital steps to make sure that mental property rights, patent legal guidelines and conventions don’t stand in the way in which of producing Covid-19 vaccines, which ought to have the standing of public good. Choices like obligatory licensing must be explored by the Union Authorities, he added.
“When the nation is passing via the second surge, it’s fairly unlucky that there seems to be an try by the Centre to absolve itself of its bounden responsibility to supply enough provide of vaccine to the states,’’ Vijayan mentioned.