New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi wrote to PM Narendra Modi over the new Covid-19 vaccine policy and asking how the government could permit such unreasonable profiting from the common man’s misery.
She termed the new policy as arbitrary and discriminatory and urged PM to step in immediately to reverse the same. This came after some state governments expressed their concern over the differential pricing scheme announced by the Serum Institute of India for its manufactured vaccine.
Gandhi alleged the government to re-examine the new vaccine policy and its implications of the central government stepping down from providing free vaccines to all Indians between 18-45 years of age. She said that this was a complete abandonment of the center’s responsibility towards the youth.
Congress President in her letter mentioned that the nation’s common goal must be to ensure that people over 18 years of age are vaccinated, regardless of the economic circumstances. She stated clearly that the reason to write a letter was solely to convey the concern and distress the new policy has caused amongst the people of the country. Despite the harsh lessons of last year, the government continues to follow an erratic and preferential policy that promises to intensify the already existing challenges.
The nation's goal must be to ensure that everyone over 18 years is given the vaccine, regardless of their economic circumstances. I urge you to intervene immediately & reverse the new Covid19 vaccination policy.
– Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi writes to PM Modi pic.twitter.com/lXFmbfULdT
— Congress (@INCIndia) April 22, 2021
As a consequence of the new policy, the Serum Institute of India has announced a differential pricing system which is as: Rs 150 per dose for the Central Government, Rs 400 per dose for the state governments, and Rs 600 per dose for the private hospitals. In this way, citizens are bound to pay high rates to be vaccinated and the state governments will face financial crisis too.
In her letter, she also commented on the insensitivity of the Government and said that when the nation is already struggling with scarcity in medical resources, unavailability of hospital beds, and oxygen supplies, why would the government allow such policy.