Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

Free Covid vaccine, foodgrains to cost Centre up to ₹1.45 lakh crore

- Press Trust of India

The government will spend up to ₹1.45 lakh crore additional money to provide free vaccines and foodgrains to people devastated by the deadly second wave of Covid-19 infections, officials aware of the developmen­ts said on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Narendra

Modi’s announceme­nt of providing free inoculatio­n to all adults will entail total spending of anywhere between ₹45,000 crore and ₹50,000 crore. This is higher than ₹35,000 crore that the government had budgeted.

Extending 5 kg of wheat or rice and 1 kg of pulses every month to nearly 800 million beneficiar­ies till November will cost between ₹1.1 lakh crore to ₹1.3 lakh crore.

Taken together, the additional spending could be up to ₹1.45 lakh crore, the officials said.

Reversing a policy where states competed for vaccine supplies for certain age categories, Modi on Monday announced that the central government will procure vaccines for all adults. All above 18 years of age will get

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