Punjab Government's decision to withdraw sold vaccine doses from private hospitals will not settle issue: Kalia
Asks who is running the health department
Jalandhar: Manoranjan Kalia Former Minister and Former State President BJP Punjab today said that Congress-led Punjab Government's decision to withdraw the sold vaccine doses from the private hospitals will not settle the issue.
In a statement here today, he added that there are many questions which demand answers. If vaccination procurement done by the officers do not belong to Health Department as per Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu, who ordered Vikas Garg, IAS Officer, the nodal Officer to procure the same at Rs. 400 per dose and to sell at least 20,000 vaccine doses to private hospitals at Rs.1060 per dose, thereby, pocketing Rs.660 per dose as profit in vaccination CSR Fund (Corporate Social Responsibility).
He asked when the central government has fixed the quota of vaccine to be purchased from manufacturers among center, state and private hospitals in the ratio of 50%: 25%: 25% respectively, Congress Government in Punjab has no authority to sell the vaccine doses to private hospitals on profit.
He said if Punjab health minister Balbir Singh Sidhu has not been taken into confidence for the purchase and sale of vaccine doses, who is running the health department.
Adding, he said the Captain Government's decision to withdraw the sold vaccine doses from the private hospitals shows that Congress Government thinks after taking the decision and reverts back to its earlier position.