PM briefs room leaders on Covid management, 6 parties skip meeting | Latest India News
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that the response to Covid-19 should not be a matter of policy and that India has been able to control the disease in a second wave as some countries have suffered until four-wave. He made the remark while addressing a meeting of House leaders.
According to three leaders present at the meeting, the Prime Minister used an Olympic analogy to stress that the successful management of a state pandemic is a matter of satisfaction for the whole country. “If an Indian athlete wins a gold medal at the next Olympics, it’s a matter of national pride and not which party in power has helped him. It is also the same for the management of the pandemic, ”said Modi during a briefing for the leaders on Covid-19.
The meeting, chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, was boycotted by six opposition parties – Congress, Aam Aadmi party, Akali Dal, Rashtriya Janata Dal, CPI (M) and CPI – because they argued that any discussion about Covid should take place in Parliament
The Prime Minister explained how India’s vaccination program – the largest in the world – had gained momentum and stressed “that the first 10 crore doses took about 85 days while the last 10 doses of crore took 24 days “.
He also informed executives that daily closing stocks average over 1.5 crore of vaccines at the end of the day across the country, ”an official press release read.
Modi stressed the need for good immunization planning, especially at the district level, based on the anticipated availability indicated by the Union Minister of Health, and expressed concern that only 80% of Indian healthcare workers have been vaccinated so far.
“Modi said 100% of them needed to be vaccinated,” said an executive present at the meeting.
Parties close to the BJP hailed Modi’s efforts. Pashupati Paras of the LJP described Modi as the “best PM in the world”. AIADMK said, “Modi is a deity in all Indian homes.”
Biju Janata Dal chief Pinaki Mishra has called on the prime minister to keep the share of vaccine doses for private hospitals at just 10% in states like Odisha, which do not have too many private health facilities.
Trinamool chief Sudip Bandopadhyay said Bengal had only received 2.5 million doses compared to 7.5 million doses allocated for July, and asked the prime minister to give more vaccines to the state .
DMK chief TR Balu criticized the role of the Center and alleged the government had no idea about the battle against Covid-19. Ramgopal Yadav of the Samajwadi party warned that in many villages in the UP people were closing the doors to vaccination teams.