Monday, October 25, 2021

While states are clamouring for vaccines, Rajasthan allegedly is wasting a lot of them

Union Minister and Jodhpur MP Gajendra Singh Shekhawat launched a scathing attack on Rajasthan’s chief minister Ashok Gehlot after the state reported the highest vaccine wastage. 

According to a report, around 11.5 lakh covid-19 vaccine doses have been wasted till 21 May since the first shot began which was given on January 16 in Rajasthan.

The highest wastage was recorded in the Churu district, with 39.7 percent of vaccine wasted. It was followed by Hanumangarh (24.60%),  Bharatpur (17.13%), and Kota (16.71)

Asking who will take responsibility for the wastage of 11.5 lakh vaccines doses in the state, Sehkhawat questioned, “The Prime Minister is repeatedly saying that wasting a dose of Covid vaccine is like denying a life-saving net to a person, but how can one improve those who have developed a habit of playing with people’s lives?” 

“This is more like a criminal act which can’t be ignored as it is a question of public lives”, he added. 

“It is Gehlot’s responsibility to bring to book the offenders, or else let us assume that the Chief Minister himself is responsible for this,” Shekhawat said. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already urged states not to waste vaccines. “When vaccines are delivered to you all, we must ensure there is no wastage. You all must monitor this in both urban and rural areas. Stopping vaccine wastage is critical and you all must ensure that we do not have any (wastage),” he said on Thursday while interacting with field officials and district magistrates from 10 states.


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