New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday met Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and demanded immediate supply of the vaccine, following which the minister ordered an immediate increase in the state’s allocation by 25 per cent. During the meeting with the Health Minister, the Chief Minister demanded the supply of 55 lakh doses of anti-Covid-19 vaccine for his state on priority basis. The chief minister’s office claimed that in response to Singh’s request for more vaccines in view of the upcoming festive season, the minister immediately ordered a 25 per cent increase in state supplies.
Assuring all help, Mandaviya told Singh that he would meet the needs of the state by October 31, the statement said. The Chief Minister said that with adequate supplies, the state government can make arrangements for immunization of 5-7 lakh people per day. He informed that the allocation of vaccines for Punjab in the month of August was currently only 20,47,060 doses of Covishield, while about 26 lakh doses are required only for those who have to give a second dose. The statement said Singh, citing statistics, said that the allocation of vaccines in Punjab is relatively low, hence vaccination per capita is very low as compared to other states.
He said there is a need to increase allocation to cover more population and than others. Once again, the cases of Kovid are increasing rapidly in Punjab. Singh also urged Mandaviya to consider favorably the request of Punjab for setting up of Bulk Drug Park at Bathinda. Mandaviya is also the Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers. During the meeting, the Chief Minister also reiterated his government’s demand for an increase in the allocation of DAP reserves to Punjab, as per the revised demand by the state.
Reiterating the points raised on Tuesday during his meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Singh told the minister that the suppliers should be directed to ensure that adequate supplies are given as per the schedule. Singh said that timely availability of DAPs would go a long way in reducing panic buying and black marketing, which brings bad name to both the state and central governments.