Both PM, CM failed to fulfil their duty: Sukhbir on vax shortage in Punjab
Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday inaugurated a free Covid-19 vaccination camp at Golden Temple, which was organised by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.
Announcing that the service will be extended to other Takhts, including Damdama Sahib and Kesgarh Sahib in the coming days, he said: “Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh had failed to fulfil their duty to provide vaccines to the people.”
Accompanied by SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur, the SAD president said he was surprised as to why the Union government was dragging its feet on allowing companies such as Pfizer and Moderna to export their vaccines to India and said the process should be expedited. He also asked Capt Amarinder Singh to place direct orders with companies that are supplying vaccines in the country instead of waiting for the Centre’s “meagre” supply.
“The Punjab government should follow the example of the Mumbai municipal corporation, which used ₹600 crore to purchase vaccines,” said Sukhbir, while demanding that vaccines worth ₹1,000 crore be purchased immediately. He also sought GST waiver on purchase of vaccines and life-saving medicines.
Bibi Jagir Kaur said that while earlier the sangat, including NRIs, had donated oxygen concentrators, the SGPC hoped to receive 100 ventilators from abroad soon. She said since the people were not getting vaccines and the Punjab government had also failed to purchase them directly from companies, the Centre should allow the SGPC to import them.
Meanwhile, the SGPC also launched its tenth Covid Care Centre at Gurdwara Janam Asthan Baba Buddha at Kathunangal village in Amritsar with a capacity of 25 beds.