Says no query of profiteering from pandemic, choices taken as emergency measures to save lots of folks’s lives
CHANDIGARH: Categorically rejecting the Opposition’s allegations on provide of vaccines to some personal hospitals and procurement of Fateh Kits as “politically motivated”, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday mentioned there was no query of the state authorities making earnings amid the pandemic, which it was battling exhausting to save lots of lives.
Lashing out on the Akalis and AAP for spreading misinformation to additional their political ambitions and weakening the state’s battle towards Covid by elevating non-issues, the Chief Minister charged the 2 events with making motivated hue and cry to push their electoral agendas with an eye fixed on the 2022 Assembly elections.
Asserting that the state authorities had not indulged in any wrongdoing, the Chief Minister mentioned fast and strange choices need to be taken in an emergency war-like state of affairs. All protocols have been strictly adopted and emergency dominated have been invoked to fulfill the disaster, he added. All choices have been taken within the curiosity of the folks of the state, and all due procedures have been adopted, he mentioned, terming media experiences on alleged scams as nothing however sensationalism.
Captain Amarinder mentioned he was along with his officers 100% on these points, including that each one the suitable steps have been taken and no quantity of Opposition hullaballoo can undermine the true intent of his authorities, which was centered on defending the lives of the folks. The state’s docs and bureaucrats had been doing a superb job in preventing the battle with their backs towards the wall, he mentioned, declaring that the Punjab would beat the virus.
The Chief Minister took severe observe of the large-scale gatherings being organised by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) towards the state authorities in brazen violation of the Covid security protocols and the curbs in place. In their desperation for energy, Sukhbir Badal and his social gathering colleagues have been endangering the lives of the folks by way of such gatherings, he added.
Sukhbir & Co. noticed scams all over the place as a result of their very own authorities had been seeped in all types of scams, and had pocketed crores of rupees on the price of the folks’s hard-earned cash, mentioned the Chief Minister, dismissing all allegations as nonsensical and baseless.
The 40000-odd doses made out there to some personal hospitals was a one-time measure as a step to offer some vaccination choices to non-priority teams in 18-45 class, mentioned Captain Amarinder. The hospitals have been supplied the vaccines on the value at which they have been to purchase from the producers, he identified, including that the choice was taken as there have been initially solely two personal hospitals in Punjab that had managed to obtain the vaccine from the 25% quota reserved by the Central Government. Students and others travelling overseas wanted vaccine urgently, and have been keen to pay, so the state authorities had determined to make it out there to personal hospitals as an emergency measure, he mentioned.
However, for the reason that determination of the Government was not being taken in the suitable spirit, it was withdrawn, however there was no query of any irregularity as your entire cash went into the Health Department’s vaccination fund and was for use to purchase vaccines given free by the state, he added.
On the difficulty of Fateh Kits, the Chief Minister mentioned it was creditable that the Health Department, which had been working day and night time to offer the very best care to the folks, had ensured well timed provides have been ensured even on the peak of the wave. Pulse oxymeters have been made out there in these kits though there was a scarcity as there was no provide from the worldwide markets, he mentioned, including Punjab in reality managed to buy these at a cheaper price than many different states.
“My Government has at all times prioritised human lives and taking part in politics and spreading misinformation in occasions of a pandemic is extraordinarily unlucky and ill-conceived,” mentioned Captain Amarinder.
The state authorities has presently distributed 7475 Fateh Kits, protecting 80.92% of the presently lively circumstances in house isolation.
Health Secretary Hussan Lal later mentioned of the 42,000 vaccines given to personal hospitals, solely 1300 have been used and the remaining had already been returned to the state authorities. The authorities was asking the Centre to provide the unallocated quota of the personal hospitals to the state, following the revised vaccination coverage, as per which the Government of India will procure 75% of Vaccine manufactured. Under the revised coverage, GoI will present vaccine to states and UTs for vaccination of 18 Plus age group from June 21, and the identical can be given to the folks free of price. Manufacturers have been requested to produce State procured vaccines earlier than June 21.