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Cut down on b’day costs, donate for vaccination: Assam CM

Himanta Biswa Sarma. (Photo: [email protected])

On Thursday, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma urged the public to donate generously to the vaccination drive against Covid-19, urging it to become a “mass movement.”

According to Sarma, by slightly decreasing expenditure on birthdays and other personal holidays, individuals may theoretically save precious lives or contribute to the prevention of the feared disease.

According to the Chief Minister, one dosage of Covaxin costs Rs 800, while Covishield costs Rs 600. Many citizens are capable of making such a contribution and derive satisfaction from assisting a needy person, he said.

Additionally, Sarma said that the public may not think the state government is facing a financial problem for vaccination, as his plea is for the program to grow into a mass movement.

“Vaccination against Covid-19 is a basic national responsibility,” he said.

Additionally, Sarma said that Reliance Industries contributed Rs 15 crore, teachers donated one day’s salaries, and legislators donated to help in the fight against the pandemic.

“Reliance Industries operates 39 petrol pumps in Assam and has agreed to provide 50 liters of fuel daily to vehicles used to handle Covid,” the Chief Minister said.

Though Sarma acknowledged that vaccines are in short supply throughout the country, he noted that 35 lakh vaccines have been administered in Assam to date.

“At the moment, we prescribe about 50,000 vaccines daily,” he said.

“About 1 crore citizens in Assam belong to the first category (18 to 44 years) and over 1.20 crore to the second (45 and above). Vaccinating the second party will cost between Rs 600 and 800 crore “Furthermore, the Chief Minister said.

Additionally, Sarma said that the Assam Arogya Nidhi has approximately Rs 119 crore available for vaccine purchases.

According to him, the Arogya Nidhi collected Rs 50 crore from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti


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