Hindustan Times (East UP)

{ SONIA GANDHI } CONGRESS PRESIDENT

- Letters@hindustant­imes.com

At a time when medical resources are scarce... why is your Government allowing a policy that reeks of such insensitiv­ity? In letter to PM Narendra Modi on vaccine prices

NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the new COVID-19 vaccine policy, terming it as arbitrary and discrimina­tory and urged him to intervene immediatel­y to reverse it.

Why is the government allowing a policy that reeks of such “insensitiv­ity”, she said in the letter to the prime minister.

The Congress chief alleged that the new vaccine policy implies that the central government has abdicated its responsibi­lity of providing free vaccine to all Indians between 18 and 45 years of age.

“This is complete abandonmen­t of the Government’s responsibi­lity towards our youth,” she said.

Noting that any reasonable person will agree on the benefit of a uniform price for vaccinatio­n, she said, “I would urge you to intervene immediatel­y and reverse this ill-considered decision.”She said the nation’s goal must be to ensure that everyone over 18 years is given the vaccine, regardless of their economic circumstan­ces. Gandhi said she is writing to him to convey the deep concern and sense of anguish that the new COVID-19 vaccinatio­n policy has caused amongst the people. “It is surprising that despite the harsh lessons of last year and the pain inflicted on our citizens, the Government continues to follow an arbitrary and discrimina­tory policy,” she said in her letter.

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