Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, June 4
Punjab Congress chief and Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa on Friday wrote a letter to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh over the controversy relating to the sale of Covaxin vaccine doses to private hospitals.
He mentioned that 40,000 doses of Covaxin had been offered to private hospitals by Punjab authorities at Rs 1,060 per dose and the state authorities made a revenue of Rs 2,64,00,000 from these gross sales.
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The sale was confirmed by Punjab’s nodal officer for vaccination Vikas Garg, he mentioned within the letter.
— Partap Singh Bajwa (@Partap_Sbajwa) June 4, 2021
“This coverage is completely uncalled for particularly within the center of this second wave. There is a shortage of vaccines throughout the nation and particularly within the state of Punjab. The authorities of Punjab obtained 1.14 lakh doses of Covaxin on May 27 after the inventory of Covishield was exhausted.
“Given the low quantity of individuals being vaccinated throughout the nation, the main focus of the state authorities ought to have been to use these doses to vaccinate the plenty. By trying to revenue by promoting over 1/3 of the obtained doses to the private hospitals, the federal government of Punjab in impact has failed in its responsibility to the individuals of Punjab,” Bajwa wrote within the letter.
He additional questioned the aim of this revenue whereby private hospitals have fastened a value of Rs 1,560 per dose.
The controversy over the vaccine provided to private hospitals in Punjab appears to be getting murkier with the federal government on Friday withdrawing the inventory.
The authorities has been accused of promoting over 1.40 lakh doses of Covaxin, which they acquired at Rs 400 every, to 20 private hospitals for over Rs 1,000.
Principal Secretary Hussan Lal mentioned the federal government had provided 40,000 doses and just one,000 had been administered by private hospitals. “We have taken again the remaining inventory,” he mentioned.
Meanwhile, BJP nationwide common secretary Tarun Chugh has slammed the federal government for allegedly commercialising the sale of vaccine at a time when Punjab had recorded the very best Covid mortality charge within the nation.
He mentioned a legal case must be registered in opposition to all these concerned within the alleged “vaccine rip-off”. He mentioned: “The vaccine was offered by the Centre for poor working class however was offered on industrial charges to private hospitals who in flip made big cash out of it.”