Raipur. On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Centre will provide free vaccines to all the states. On this, Chhattisgarh Health Minister, TS Singhdeo, said that the Central Government should return the vaccine amount purchased by the state government.
Health Minister TS Singhdeo said that while declaring vaccination as a national campaign, the Centre also decided to supply free vaccine to the states. The Centre should therefore refund the vaccine money to the states. The state government has ordered 11 lakh 66 thousand 630 vaccines from Serum Institute (Covishield) and 2 lakh 52 thousand 270 vaccines to Bharat Biotech (Covaxin). In this way, the state government placed orders for more than 14 lakh 18 thousand 700 doses; the total amount for this is 47 crores 34 lakh rupees.
TS Singhdeo said that so far, 8 lakh people have been vaccinated in Chhattisgarh. 'You are doing a national programme. We are talking about the provision of 65 thousand crores in the budget. In such a situation, the central government should not hesitate in refunding the amount. The state government did not allow any shortfall; they made vaccines available as and when needed.'
On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that from June 21, the Government of India will provide free vaccines for all citizens above 18 years of age. The Government of India will buy 75 per cent of the total vaccine production from vaccine manufacturers and give it to the state governments free of cost. Private sector hospitals can directly take twenty-five per cent of the vaccines made in the country. Private hospitals will be able to charge a maximum service charge of Rs 150 for a single dose after the fixed price of the vaccine. The task of monitoring it will remain with the state governments.