Manipur CLP seeks governor for free, total vaccination; the state has no clear cut compensation policy, says Ibobi

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Imphal: Manipur Congress Legislature Party (CLP) has sought the attention of Manipur governor Dr Najma Heptulla to ensure free and total vaccination, with two doses on time, of all the citizens in Manipur.

In this regard a Congress delegation led by CLP and opposition leader Okram Ibobi Singh met Heptulla on Friday morning at Raj Bhavan, here and submitted a memorandum.

The memorandum was signed by O. Ibobi Singh, K. Govindas, Gaikhangam and K. Meghachandra, was handed over to the Governor by the Congress delegation, and the memorandum’s copy was also officially received by the Raj Bhavan.

As directed by the All India Congress Committee and under the leadership of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the Congress delegation discussed with the governor about the need of having free and universal vaccination of all in the nation to combat the ongoing covid pandemic in its second wave so that the third wave could be tacked proactively before the third wave hits the nation.

Briefing the media after meeting with the governor, Ibobi Singh expressed the ‘non-political suggestions’ and appeals to the state government on the need to have a time bound aggressive and mass vaccination – besides random testing which had been taken up lately – across the state, in both the valley and the hills.

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No clear cut compensation policy

He raised that the state government had no clear cut policy on providing any compensation – in the form of extending Rs 20 lakhs to Rs 50 lakhs – to the doctors, para-medical staff and frontline covid warriors and police personnel who passed away fighting against the covid pandemic. He also asked why there should not be a compensation of Rs 4 lakh, as per the government’s order which already was in place, each to the next kin of the deceased due to covid in Manipur.

Ibobi Singh questioned the rationale behind the delay of the 2nd dose in the state and making those citizens, with 1st dose being inoculated, wait for 3 months while the Prime Minister took the 2nd dose within a gap of one month. He pointed out that what the testing would do if there were no vaccines, as the vaccination should be given the top priority to save the lives from the severity of covid infections and covid deaths.

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The memorandum mentions that Covid-19 has caused unprecedented devastation and immeasurable pain to nearly every Indian family. Tragically, Modi government has completely abdicated its duty of fighting the Corona and abandoned the people, leaving them to fend for themselves. The truth is that Union BJP government is guilty of criminal mismanagement of Covid-19. Vaccination is the only protection in the midst of the raging Covid-19 pandemic.

As other countries started placing purchase orders for vaccines from May 2020, the Modi Government failed India. It went on to place its first order of vaccines only in January 2021. As per Government of India, it has administered 21.31 crore vaccine doses till May 31. But, only 4.45 crore Indians have received both the doses of vaccine, which is only 3.17 percent of India’s population. In last 134 days, the average pace of vaccination is about 16 lakh vaccine doses per day. At this pace, it will take over three years for us to vaccinate our adult population. If this is the case, how will we save our fellow citizens from third wave of Corona is the question that Modi government need to answer?

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“The need of the hour is that BJP Govt. should procure the vaccine and supply for free to the States and private hospitals for the vaccination of the people of India. Also, we need to vaccinate our entire adult population of above 18 years on or before 31 December, 2021. This is the only way to save our people. For this, the only solution is to vaccinate at least one crore people a day and not at the current average of 16 lakh people a day,” the memorandum mentioned.

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