Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has introduced that the state authorities will vaccinate everybody in Bengal towards COVID-19 freed from value. In a letter to policemen and well being employees that’s at present being circulated throughout the state, she has mentioned, “I’m very glad to announce that our authorities is making preparations to facilitate the administration of #Covid19 vaccine to all of the folks of state with none value”.
Textual content messages from the chief minister with the identical message have additionally been obtained by docs and policemen on their telephones as effectively, stating they are going to be vaccinated free of charge.
Bengal has a inhabitants of 10 crore and the fee to the exchequer free of charge vaccination could also be as a lot as Rs 5000 crore, in accordance with some estimates.
The state has already listed round 6 lakh frontline well being employees for vaccination when it begins from January 16.
The BJP, nonetheless, has questioned Mamata Banerjee’s claims.
BJP’s IT cell chief Amit Malviya has tweeted a replica of the letter, accusing the chief minister of “speeding to take credit score” when the “Centre has introduced free precedence vaccination for 3 crore frontline employees throughout the nation”.
“It does not cease on the CM making bogus declare that her authorities is offering free Covid vaccine to all frontline employees. TMC cadres are speeding to place posters which learn, “Each individual of our state to be given Covid vaccine free of charge, pronounces Didi.”
“Shamelessness has no restrict.” Mr Malviya concludes.
Union minister Babul Supriyo tweeted: “The Central authorities has already introduced free vaccines for all and now Didi has began politics over it. As a substitute of mendacity, she ought to guarantee there isn’t a vaccine theft just like the rice-theft that has occurred.
Nonetheless, in accordance with the Union Well being Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, vaccinations might be supplied free to 1 crore healthcare and a pair of crore frontline employees within the first part. How one other 27 crore precedence beneficiaries – these above the age of fifty years and others with co-morbidities — are to be vaccinated by July is but to be finalized.
BJP chief Dilip Ghosh mentioned, “Now we have seen this earlier than. Central schemes for housing or bogs are given one other title by the state and handed off as its personal. They’ll now attempt to do the identical with the vaccine.”
Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has reportedly mentioned, “The Chief Minister is doing this for the election. It’s an electoral bribe. We demand free vaccination for all within the nation”.
Trinamool chief and minister Subrata Mukherjee has reportedly mentioned, “The purpose is to get the vaccine to the folks. Who does it isn’t the principle factor. If the state authorities does it, it will possibly take credit score for that, why not.”
There was no remark from the state authorities on the letter or the SMS that many individuals have obtained.
A noticeable discrepancy is the date on the letter in circulation. They solely have the yr printed on the letter and no date. Additionally some letters have 2021 printed on them. Others have 2020.
Queries with the celebration and the federal government have thus far not elicited any clarification.