Congress ruled states look for clearness on financing of vaccine

[h3] [/h3] [h3] [/h3] NEW DELHI: The Opposition-ruled Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Jharkhand have looked for clarity on the Covid vaccine funding and asked the Centre to offer free vaccine, if such giveaways are doled out to other states.In a clear sign that Covid vaccine rollout could witness political drama, the Opposition-ruled states have asked the Centre information of vaccine financing, including financial aspects like who would pay the bill and how much the vaccine might cost. Talking to ET, Chhattisgarh health minister T S Singhdeo stated, “The Centre has not provided any details on what would be the financing pattern of the vaccine, how much would it cost and who would pay? We have actually asked the Centre these questions however even as Prime Minister is checking out 3 vaccine production centers, the states do not know any information.”

Last week, Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel had actually composed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking totally free vaccine distribution in Chhattisgarh.Rajasthan health minister Raghu Sharma told ET,”Niti Aayog group had actually visited Rajasthan and interacted with health department authorities on how to extract concern lists. This is it. We have sought details from the Centre– clarify how the vaccine would be moneyed? We understand that a vaccine prospect has actually not been settled but that does not mean that we must not be made celebration to the larger plan. We have actually asked the Centre if one state is offered free vaccine then every state must get it free.” The Opposition-ruled states have upped the ante on vaccine rollout and financing within days of Modi’s all-party meeting on Friday. Modi had said that Centre would work closely with states on vaccine administration. In a recent interaction with health ministry, Jharkhand, which has a coalition government, had actually also sought information beyond the concern list. A Jharkhand health department authorities told ET, “There is no clarity on vaccine financing. This problem has actually likewise been raised by the state political management with the Centre.” Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh has written to Prime Minister seeking clarity on whether Covid vaccine would be totally funded by the Centre and what would be the cost of the vaccine.

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