As Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced that his authorities would revert to the system of centralised procurement of vaccines in opposition to Covid-19 and that it might present them free of value to states, the Opposition mentioned the “course correction” was resulting from a “realisation” that its “flawed policy” had led to a collapse of the inoculation drive.
The Opposition Chief Ministers additionally made it recognized that the change in coverage was because of their strain and the Supreme Court’s criticism of the federal government’s vaccine coverage.
Welcoming the choice to “reverse” the government’s “previous position”, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Ok Stalin demanded that states now be “given complete control of registration, validation and administration procedures of the vaccination”, declaring that the PM himself had “stressed multiple times” that well being is a state topic.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee mentioned she had written to the Prime Minister and the Centre a number of occasions demanding free vaccination. “The well-being of the people of India should’ve been prioritised since the very start of this pandemic. Unfortunately, this delayed decision by the Prime Minister has already cost many lives,” she tweeted.
Though Banerjee has been looking for free common vaccination, in a letter to the PM in February, she demanded that the state be allowed to buy vaccination doses instantly with state funds in order that it might launch a drive to offer free vaccines to all its individuals.
Calling the choice to produce vaccines free of value to states the “most appropriate response at this hour”, Kerala CM Pinarayi Viyayan identified that he was completely satisfied that “our request has been positively responded to by the Prime Minister.” Punjab CM Amarinder Singh too spoke in an identical vein.
Rajasthan CM Gehlot denied that states had demanded that they be allowed to purchase vaccines. “As per my information, no state has made such a demand. It seems the Prime Minister’s advisors have given him wrong information…”
Though Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray didn’t touch upon the PM’s announcement, the state was among the many first to demand that or not it’s allowed to acquire vaccines independently. There was a Cabinet decision on this regard in April, and within the first week of May, Thackeray wrote to the PM reiterating this demand.
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel mentioned the most important problem now could be to make sure steady provide of doses by the Centre. “We have received only 9.38 lakh vaccine doses from May 1 to June 7… How can we provide free vaccination with such scanty and irregular supply?” he mentioned.
Opposition leaders additionally accused the PM of enjoying politics over the vaccination drive by blaming state governments.
Congress communication division head Randeep Surjewala mentioned the social gathering and its management had been repeatedly demanding common and free vaccination however the authorities saved ridiculing the suggestion. Now the federal government has performed a somersault after the Supreme Court reprimand, he mentioned.
Congress chief Anand Sharma mentioned, “Finally a realisation of a flawed policy that led to the collapse of the national vaccination (drive), after the government resisted for months appeals for equitable and universal vaccination…The cost of the delay has been unbearable…”
The Congress, nevertheless, was vital of the choice to permit personal hospitals to purchase 25 per cent of the vaccines. “One simple question: If vaccines are free for all, why should private hospitals charge for them?” Rahul Gandhi requested. In a letter to the PM in April, he had prompt that state governments be given larger say in vaccine procurement and distribution.
CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury accused Modi of making an attempt to defend his “dubious discriminatory vaccine policy” by passing the buck on to state governments. He mentioned the federal government has deserted its coverage fearing a Supreme Court directive for a free and common vaccination programme.
‘Took 4 months, but finally listened’
On May 12, leaders of 12 key opposition events, together with 4 CMs, wrote a joint letter to PM Narendra Modi, asking the Centre to acquire vaccines centrally from world and home sources and start a free, common mass vaccination marketing campaign throughout the nation.
What 3 CMs mentioned on Monday:
Mamata Banerjee: “Took him four months but after much pressure, he has FINALLY listened to us & implemented what we’ve been asking all this while…”
MK Stalin: States ought to now be “given complete control of registration, validation and administration procedures of the vaccination”.
Hemant Soren: “Jharkhand has already announced not to charge people in 18-44 group. The silver lining is procurement and supply will be taken care of by Centre, apart from the cost, but this could have been done before. Jharkhand has already paid Rs 47 crore to the two manufacturers.”