New Delhi: Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said here on Thursday (June 10) said that a massive campaign will be launched in collaboration with social and educational institutions to “curb and crush rumours and apprehensions spread by nefarious and vested interests” in India’s vaccination drive.
The ‘Jaan Hai Toh Jahaan Hai’ campaign will be launched with support from the State Haj committees, Waqf boards, their associate organisations, Central Waqf Council, Maulana Azad Education Foundation, and other social and educational institutions and will target the rural and remotest areas of the country.
Women’s self-help groups will also be formed to dispel any false notions against the vaccines.
“Such elements are enemy of health and well-being of the people,” he told reporters.
“Unfortunately some narrow-minded elements are creating confusion and fear on the vaccination front. They are not only enemies of the health and well-being of the people but also of the country. We have to remain cautious of such people,” Naqvi said.
The Central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is running the world’s largest Covid vaccination drive in India, Naqvi said. As many as 24.30 crore people in India have been vaccinated so far, he said.
Naqvi who chaired the Haj 2021 review meeting at Haj House in south Mumbai earlier in the day, said preparations regarding this year’s Haj are complete, but keeping in view the pandemic, India will stand with the Saudi Arabian government’s decision on the annual pilgrimage.