Kerala High Court asks Center why vaccines are not provided free of charge | India News
The Kerala High Court asked the Center on Monday why vaccines are not provided free of charge to citizens. The court also noted that this was not the time to examine issues of federalism.
KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Monday he asked the Center why vaccines are not provided free of charge to citizens.
Judge Vinod Chandran made this observation after his colleague Judge Devan Ramachandran on May 7 addressed this suo-motu issue regarding vaccination.
The Court noted that even though it would cost Rs 34,000 crore, the Center has with it Rs 54,000 crore as a dividend from the Reserve Bank of India.
The court also noted that this was not the time to examine issues of federalism.
However, the Center’s lawyer pointed out that since it is a matter of policy, it needs more time and the Court accepted and published the case for another day.
The chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, had recently said that steps are being taken to purchase vaccines on the open market.
According to the vaccination statistics taken in Kerala, so far more than 20 lakhs have received both doses, while more than 63 lakhs have received one dose.
On a related issue Monday, the Center said it has so far provided, both through the free of charge category and through the direct state procurement category, more than 21.80 million doses of vaccines (21, 80,51,890) to States / UT.