Continuous vaccination drive sluggish, will take years to cover whole

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on House Affairs has actually revealed concern over the slow pace of continuous vaccination drive in the country and observed that at this rate it will take many years to immunize the entire population. In its report on the Needs for Grants of the Ministry of Home Affairs tabled in Rajya Sabha on Monday, the panel likewise expressed issue that a large number of individuals are missing the second dosage of the vaccine.

“The committee keeps in mind of the continuous vaccination procedure for COVID-19 and observes that, till now, less than 1 percent of the Indian population has actually been immunized and at this rate, it will take several years to vaccinate the whole population,” the report stated.

The panel, headed by Congress MP Anand Sharma, said it felt that it is extremely major concern that a large number of individuals are missing the 2nd dosage of the vaccine as the virus is mutating and brand-new versions of COVID-19 are being reported in different parts of the world.”The committee, for that reason, suggests that all frontline health workers and the Corona warriors including CAPFs (Central Armed Authorities Forces) and state and UT cops workers receive the suggested dosages of vaccine. An effort should be made to cover optimal individuals as early as possible,” the report said.On other issues, the committee also kept in mind that the Ministry of Home Affairs had instructed all the state governments to mandatorily disburse relief through Direct Advantage Transfer (DBT) into the account of the recipient.”The committee wants to referred to as to how many states are sending the relief through DBT and observes that matter needs to be pursued with the states that have not come on board for the function. The MHA should assist those states, if any, who are dealing with bottlenecks in shifting or sticking to DBT,” the report said.Referring to the recent extreme glacial outburst at Chamoli in Uttarakhand, the committee highly advised that for making sure the safety of individuals of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, a network of meteorological and hydrological stations, keeping an eye on stations and weather condition stations be set up at the earliest.The panel kept in mind that Monitoring of Glacial Lake Outbursts Flows (GLOFs) requires a network of meteorological and hydrological stations, early caution system comprising remote Automatic Water Level Recorder (AWLR) or Tracking Stations and Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) with the capability to interact and transmit data from remote stations to the control room and so on, for operation and tracking in real-time data on air temperature, precipitation and river discharge through telemetry (V-SAT).

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