Tribune News Service
New Delhi, June 5
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday launched Union Minister Hardeep Puri to take on Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on points associated to Punjab, together with “diversion” of Covid vaccines to personal hospitals and farmers’ agitation towards the three central farm legal guidelines.
Puri, who ripped into the Punjab authorities claiming that non-public hospitals in Mohali charged Rs 3,200 and extra for a Covid shot that price a lot much less, additionally took on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi over his persistent assaults towards the Narendra Modi authorities with the “the place is the vaccine of our kids” cost.
Stating that “vaccines bought for revenue in Punjab have been for the 18-44 age group inhabitants,” the union minister informed Rahul Gandhi that “vaccines for kids are being thrown in rubbish in Rajasthan and used for profiteering in Punjab”, the 2 Congress dominated states. There have been allegations of vaccines being “dumped” in dustbins in well being centres in Rajasthan. The BJP has additionally accused the Ashok Gehlot authorities of “losing” vaccines, a cost Rajasthan denied.
Referring to Punjab Health Minister’s assertion that “he was not answerable for vaccines”, Puri puzzled who then took the choice and why it was rolled again.
“Why did the federal government roll again the choice if nothing was improper with it? Why did the Health Minister say he doesn’t have management over vaccines? Was there an association between the Punjab authorities and hospitals,” he puzzled, including that he was not elevating these questions as a union minister however a ‘karyakarta’ of the social gathering from Punjab.
The minister mentioned it was “shameful” that the Punjab authorities was making an attempt to revenue from vaccines meant for individuals. “When we raised it, the Captain mentioned to withdraw the order, which suggests it was fishy. Why was the choice taken within the first place?” he mentioned.
Puri mentioned as per Punjab authorities officer and in-charge of Covid-19 vaccination, Vikas Garg, 4.29 lakh doses of Covishield have been procured at Rs 13.25 crore, a mean quantity Rs 309 per dose whereas 1,14,190 Covaxin doses have been procured at Rs 4.70 crore, averaging to Rs 412. If these figures are true then the true quantity of revenue is not only Rs 2.40 crore, he mentioned.
Quoting the Garg’s order, he additionally questioned how the federal government is planning to get again the vaccines already administered. The letter signed by Vikas Garg mentioned it “has not been taken in the appropriate spirit and is hereby withdrawn”. It additionally mentioned that “personal hospitals ought to return forthwith all of the vaccine doses obtainable with them. The doses which they’ve utilised as of date must also be returned as soon as they get provides from the producers.
Puri additionally slammed Congress for opposition to the three central farm legal guidelines and the Central Vista challenge. The union minister mentioned that the “pro-farmer” Modi authorities had agreed to all calls for by farmers and brought a number of steps, together with DBT on MSP, for his or her profit.