New Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia accused the Centre of pressuring officials in Delhi to publish newspaper advertisements, thanking Modi government for providing free vaccines to Delhi for all from June 21, while the city has received just 57 lakh doses till now, against the 2.94 crore doses needed.
Sisodia said that several BJP-ruled states such as Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka have published newspaper advertisements in newspapers, thanking the central government for giving free Covid-19 vaccines for everyone aged above 18 years from June 21, adding that the Covid-19 crisis in the India could have been dealt with more efficiently, had the Centre spent this money on purchasing vaccines rather than giving advertisements.
“Citizens need vaccines, not advertisements. I request the prime minister to supply 2.3 crore more doses in the next two months. I assure you that we will publish your advertisements, but you are asking states us to do so without even providing the vaccines needed. Not a single free vaccine has been supplied to Delhi for use beyond June 21,” he said.
On June 7, PM Modi had announced that all citizens aged 18 years and above will receive vaccination free of cost from June 21, with the Centre providing the vaccine doses to states.
He added that the Centre will be supplying only 15 lakh vaccine doses to Delhi in July, and at this rate, it will take approximately 16 more months to inoculate the entire population of the national capital.
“You keep saying that India has been conducting world’s largest vaccination drive, but this is the most mismanaged and derailed exercise in the world,” the deputy CM stated.
“Delhi needs 2.94 crore doses to fully vaccinate the entire population of the city. It has received only 57 lakh doses so far. We need 2.3 crore more doses,” Sisodia said.
Government data shows that till Saturday, 65,14,825 Covid-19 vaccine doses had been administered in Delhi, and 15,76,775 people were fully vaccinated.
(With PTI Inputs)