PM Modi Address to Nation: Free Vaccines For All and Free Food Grains to Poor

PM Modi addressed the nation today and announced several significant decisions. First, he announced that Government of India will revert back to procuring 75% of vaccines and also exposed the confusion caused by demands of few politicians and media over procurement and distribution of vaccines. He also announced free vaccines for all above age of 18.

Giving huge relief to poor, he announced extension of PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana giving free food grains to 80 crore poor Indians till Diwali. These are the key takeaways of his speech

Massive Ramping Up of Medical Infra to Fight COVID-19
  • During the second wave, the demand for medical oxygen in India increased unimaginably in the months of April and May. Never in the history of India has the need for medical oxygen been felt in such quantity.
  • The entire machinery of government including armed forces was mobilised to meet this demand at war footing
  • The government has worked on ramping up of production PPE kits, production of Liquid Medical Oxygen and essential medicines too.
  • The government has ramped up setting of hospitals and new health infrastructure
Importance of Made in India Vaccine
  • Vaccination is the only shield against Covid. Made in India vaccines are saving lives across the world
  • The countries and companies producing vaccines are very small compared to demand for COVID vaccines. Imagine the situation if made in India vaccine was not available to us
  • In the past 50-60 years, it used to take decades for India to get the vaccine from abroad. Vaccine work used to be completed abroad, even then the work of vaccination could not start in our country
  • Within one year, 2 Made in India was delivered through hard work of scientist. When scientists were researching the potential COVID Vaccines, Indian government had started ramping up vaccine storage & delivery structure
Rapid Pace of Vaccination in India
  • India has administered 23 crore doses till now and due to the continuous efforts and hard work that the country has been doing for a long time, the supply of vaccine is going to increase even more in the coming days.
  • Today 7 companies in the country are producing different types of vaccines. Trial of three more vaccines is also going on in advanced stage nasal vaccine is also under trials
  • Trials to determine the safety of our vaccines on children has also started
  • Even before second wave, most of the health workers were vaccinated. Can you imagine what would have happened if our frontline workers, doctors & other hospital staff were not vaccinated against the virus?
Unnecessary Questioning of vaccination Process by Few
  • Starting from January 16 this year till the end of April, India’s vaccination program ran mainly under the supervision of the central government. The country was moving ahead on the path of providing free vaccine to all.
  • Then some sections started asking things like Why is the Government of India deciding everything? Why is government deciding age limit? Why were elders being vaccinated first and may such things
  • They even asked for vaccine procurement to be done by state government and things like ‘One Size Does Not Fit All’ were said
  • Various such demands and pressures were being made and a section of the country’s media also ran it in the form of a campaign
Free Vaccines For All Above 18 From June 21st
  • Free vaccinations for all aged above 18 will be provided by Government of India from 21st of June, 2021
  • No state government of the country will have to spend anything on the vaccine.
  • Till now crores of people of the country have got free vaccine. Now people of 18 years of age will also join it.
  • Though the government will provide free vaccines to all the countrymen, those who want to pay for the same can get vaccinated at private hospitals
75% Vaccine Procurement by Central Government
  • Government of India will also bear the responsibility of 75% of procurement of vaccines and give it free of cost to state government
  • This arrangement will be implemented in the coming 2 weeks. In these two weeks, the central and state governments will together make necessary preparations according to the new guidelines
  • The remaining 25% of the vaccine being made in the country can continue to be procured by private sector hospitals and those who want to pay and be administered vaccines there can chose to do so.
  • Private hospitals will be able to charge a maximum service charge of Rs 150 for a single dose after the fixed price of the vaccine. The task of monitoring it will remain with the state governments
Free Food Grain For Poor Till Diwali
  • Government has decided that the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana will now be extended till Diwali.
  • In this time of pandemic, the government is standing by the poor with every need, as their partner.
  • 80 crore poor citizens can continue to avail free food grains till November every month
  • PM Modi also cautioned countrymen about those creating apprehension and rumours about vaccines and added that one should be cautious while listening to these rumour mongerers.

With free vaccines for All, centralised procurement of vaccines and free food grains to poor along with warning to anti-vaxxers, PM Modi has further strengthened India’s fight against COVID-19.