In the third phase of vaccination, while some states are rapidly vaccinating their adult population, states like Rajasthan are entirely reliant on the Centre as not only they lack a cohesive plan to inoculate its masses but also have run out of funds due to the freebies culture. In a recent development, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot has written to the Centre, urging the Modi govt to provide oxygen, vaccine and medicines for all the people in the country.
Rajasthan CM Gehlot took to Twitter to state, “I plead with the Central Government with folded hands that it would be appropriate to distribute oxygen, medicines and all other essential items to all the states based on the number of corona infected patients. Otherwise the complaint of all the states will remain and this state of outrage will never end.”
कोविड 19 से भारत में बड़ी भयावह स्थिति बनी हुई है। मौजूदा हालात में लगता है कि जब तक अधिक से अधिक संख्या में लोगों को वैक्सीन नहीं लगाई जाएगी तब तक इस संक्रमण पर काबू नहीं पाया जा सकेगा। मौजूदा हालात को देखकर नहीं लगता कि भारत में इतनी मात्रा में वैक्सीन उपलब्ध है।
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) May 8, 2021
In the series of tweets, the Gandhi family loyalist insisted that Rajasthan being a big state needs special emphasise on the allocation of oxygen and medicines based on the number of Wuhan coronavirus infections.
While tagging the Prime Minister’s Office and the Home Minister’s office, the Rajasthan CM urged the Centre to make arrangements so that the maximum number of people in India get vaccinated as soon as possible.
This shows that much like the Mamata government, the Rajasthan government led by Congress does not have the funds to vaccinate the masses in the state as it has wasted it all on freebies. Mindless cash transfers without a proper vision to uplift the people of West Bengal has now resulted in the state demanding free vaccination for all against Covid-19.
Banerjee on Saturday probed, “Why are they (BJP) not allocating Rs 30,000 crores for vaccines when they are making new Parliament and statues, spending Rs 20,000 crores.” “Where is the PM CARES Fund,” the CM questioned while addressing the state Assembly. “Rs 30,000 crore is nothing for the Central government…There should be a universal vaccine program for all throughout the country,” she added. She also claimed that the Centre did not work in the last six months. “The Centre did not work in the last six months. Ministers came to Bengal every day to capture it,” she said.
The West Bengal government has also moved the Supreme Court demanding free COVID-19 vaccine for all as part of the universal vaccine drive. The matter is expected to be heard on May 10.
It is pertinent to note that back in 2019, the Rajasthan government had brought in farm loan waivers for the farmers which had cost the state fund over 14,000 crores.
The culture of freebies must be eradicated as it will only hinder India’s development. While some good-for-nothing politicians would offer doles and freebies aplomb during their campaign, the electorate must reject such freebies as it will only end up harming the country in the long run.