Amidst the uproar against BJP’s announcement of free COVID-19 vaccine for Bihar, where assembly polls begin this week, Union Minister Pratap Sarangi on Sunday said that all people of the country will be given free coronavirus vaccine.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that all people will be provided free of cost vaccines. An estimated Rs 500 odd will be spent on vaccination of each person,” PTI quoted Union Minister Sarangi as saying while he was addressing a campaign meeting for the November 3 assembly by-poll in Balasore.
PM Modi, in a televised address to the nation on October 20, had said that Indian scientists are in the process of developing several vaccines that are at different stages of clinical trials and the results seem encouraging.
Swain had tweeted “I am asking questions to two Odisha union ministers from Balasore soil to clarify as to why the people of the state will not get free of cost COVID vaccine. The union ministers should clarify BJPs stand on the corona vaccination in Odisha.”
On the state governments steps for vaccination, Swain said it has signed an agreement with a vaccine manufacturer and is committed to extend the facility to all people of the state.
He, however, did not say whether the state government will provide the vaccine to the people free of cost.
BJP deputy leader in Odisha Assembly Bishnu Charan Sethi said the Centre has been supporting Odisha fully during the pandemic and has granted Rs 22,000 crore for the purpose.
“But large scale lapses have been detected in the utilisation of the fund,” he alleged.