Calling India's COVID-19 vaccination drive 'world's fastest and largest', he said 15 crore people have been vaccinated in 103 days. While 17.56 crore vaccine doses were provided to States/UTs free of cost, 72 lakh doses were still available with States/UTs to be administered. "More than 46 lakh doses in addition will be received by States/UTs in the next 3 days. COVID vaccines are being provided free of cost by the Government of India to those who are 45 years of age and above and to all frontline workers," he tweeted.
He informed that 1.5 lakh doses of COVID vaccine Sputnik V have already reached India and Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has also tied up with local Indian companies for bulk production.
Speaking about Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), he said: "Not only did NDA Government double the allocation during the COVID period last year from Rs 61,500 crore to a historic high of over Rs 1 lakh crore, but also increased the wages to Rs 202 thereby ensuring 300 crore person days of work in total. And it is demand driven."
In order to augment availability of these items, he said that the government also provided full exemption from basic customs duty and health cess to their commercial imports."GST rates varying 5 per cent (on vaccines), 12 per cent (COVID drugs, oxygen concentrators) is applicable to domestic supplies and commercial import of items.
"Assistance to States/UTs 6,608 Oxy Concentrators, 3,856 Oxy Cylinders, 1500 PSA plants being set up across country via PMCARES and PSUs 4,330 ventilators/ Bi PAP/ C PAP, Over 3 lakh Remdesivir vials delivered/dispatched, 400 ex-AMC/SSC medics, released between 2017-2021 expected to be recruited.
Kharge on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Modi and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and suggested convening an all-party meeting and virtual meetings of Parliament Standing Committees to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the country.
"Use Rs 35,000 crore allocated in the Union Budget to ensure free vaccine for all. Leverage compulsory licensing to increase production of vaccines," reads Kharge's letter.
He further suggested to expand the scope of MNREGA to 200 days.
With 4,03,738 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, India continued to report more than four lakh daily coronavirus infections for the fourth day on the trot.
With this, the cumulative national tally of the infection went up to 2,22,96,414, the union health ministry said on Sunday morning.
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