#Kolkata: Why do states have to buy corona vaccine at 18 per cent more than the center? Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee raised this question in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi At the same time, he complained that the policy that the Center has formulated for the third round of corona vaccination was divisive and anti-people.
The central government has announced that everyone above the age of 18 will be vaccinated from May 1 At the same time, it has been decided that states will be able to buy vaccines directly from vaccine manufacturers But where the central government is buying the Covishield vaccine at Rs 150 per dose, the state government has to pay Rs 400 per dose. The Serum Institute, which produces Kovishield, said in a press release Private hospitals will again have to pay Rs 600 per dose of vaccine
On Wednesday, the chief minister said he would write to the prime minister to oppose the price discrimination. The Chief Minister wrote that letter on the same day In a letter to the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister complained, “I fear that this new policy of the Central Government is very discriminatory and anti-people. In this case, the business side is being biased without considering the interests of the people.
The Chief Minister further complained, ‘Where the Center is getting the vaccine at Rs 150 per dose, why should the state government pay Rs 400? The state government will have to pay 18 per cent more than the price fixed by the Center for itself States will buy vaccines to give to the poor and young generation As a result, your decision is against the federal structure and against the poor, youth society This kind of bizarre inequality on price is unprecedented in the history of India Even to this day, states have never been asked to buy a vaccine in such a mass immunization program. I will not give up the price. ‘
The Chief Minister made it clear that in the current difficult situation in the country, there is no question of vaccine manufacturers doing business. At this time, in the interest of the common man, all kinds of efforts should be made without any discrimination
He also opposed the decision to require private hospitals to buy vaccine doses at Rs 600. He complained that the introduction of this system would not only be unhealthy, but would also increase the number of unscrupulous activities in the market centered on vaccines. Finally, demanding free vaccines for every Indian, the Chief Minister wrote, “The cost of vaccines should remain the same, regardless of the cost incurred by the Center or the State.” I think every Indian gets a free vaccine irrespective of race, religion, caste, age. ” The Chief Minister demanded immediate intervention of the Central Government in this regard