Pinarayi Vijayan. (PTI file photo)
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote a letter to 11 chief ministers of non-BJP ruled states, calling for a concerted effort to pressurize the Center to purchase Kovid-19 vaccines and ensure free universal vaccination.
Thiruvananthapuram. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote a letter to 11 chief ministers of non-BJP ruled states on Monday urging the Center to make a concerted effort to pressure Kovid-19 to purchase vaccines and ensure free universal vaccination. Vijayan tweeted, “In accordance with the spirit of cooperative federalism, letters have been written to 11 Chief Ministers. It is unfortunate that the Center wants to avoid its duty to buy vaccines, ensure free universal vaccination. The need of the hour is to make joint efforts to pressurize our genuine demand so that the center takes immediate action. ”
The Chief Minister said in his letter that such statements have been made, which shows that the responsibility of providing vaccines is entirely on the states, which defies the basic premise of the cooperative federal system. Vijayan said in the letter, “It is the need of the hour that a joint effort be made for the actual demand so that the Center will purchase the vaccines for the states and distribute them free of cost.”
He claimed that vaccine manufacturing companies are taking advantage of the situation to gain financial benefits and foreign pharmaceutical companies are not willing to compromise with the states for the purchase of vaccines. Vijayan said that if the burden of purchasing the vaccine falls completely on the states, then their financial situation will deteriorate considerably.
Along with this letter to the Chief Ministers, Vijayan also attached a copy of a letter, which he wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in assessing the vaccine requirements of the states and issuing a global tender keeping in mind the needs of all. The role of the Center was mentioned.