BJP pulls out Mamata’s February letter, says he’s passing the buck | India News
File photo of CM Mamata Banerjee from West Bengal
NEW DELHI: Reacting to west bengal chief minister Mamata banerjeelast letter to Narendra modi, BJP on Wednesday he cited his previous letter to the Prime Minister in which he had sought a liberalized vaccine procurement policy so that states could buy or import vaccines on their own.
BJP IT Cell Head Amit Malviya said on February 24, Mamata wrote a letter to the Prime Minister requesting that states be allowed to purchase vaccines on their own. “Now that the central government has decentralized the process, CM like her, nervous about the responsibility, are returning the ball to the Center,” he said.
Banerjee wrote to the prime minister on Wednesday, urging “swiftly import the vaccines” from world manufacturers. She suggested that the prime minister “encourage national and global players (vaccine manufacturers) to open franchise operations.” He said his government was ready to provide land and all necessary support for the manufacture of vaccines.
After opening vaccination for the 18-44 age group, state governments must purchase vaccines directly from manufacturers.
About 10 million people in West Bengal and 140 million people in the country need vaccination, but only a microscopic percentage has been covered, Banerjee said.