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Bengal Issuing Vaccine Certificate With Mamata Banerjee Photo: Report

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Bengal Issuing Vaccine Certificate With Mamata Banerjee Photo: Report

Kolkata:

The West Bengal authorities is issuing certificates of COVID-19 vaccination to these within the 18-44 age group with the {photograph} of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

An official mentioned Saturday that is being performed for the reason that state authorities has been procuring vaccines immediately from the producers.

Nonetheless, beneficiaries from the 45-plus group are nonetheless getting certificates of vaccination with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s {photograph}.

“The federal government has began procuring vaccines immediately from the producers and arranging inoculation of the inhabitants. That’s the reason it has been determined to make use of the {photograph} of the CM on the certificates,” a senior state official informed PTI on situation of anonymity.

When contacted, Bengal minister Firhad Hakim justified the observe, saying the centre was not vaccinating the 18-44 group.

“All data concerning inoculation is there on the certificates. Ranging from the batch variety of the vaccine, there may be additionally a CoWIN Registration quantity. In addition to, a particular message from the CM,” Mr Hakim mentioned.

Mr Hakim mentioned there may be nothing uncommon about this because the state governments of Punjab, Chhattisgarh and neighbouring Jharkhand have already began issuing related vaccination certificates to individuals with images of chief ministers.

Until Friday, the state authorities has spent almost Rs 150 crore to obtain vaccines to inoculate the inhabitants within the 18-44 age group, an official mentioned, including that to this point round 29 lakh individuals of this class have been vaccinated.

Earlier, controversy had erupted in Bengal after the centre began issuing certificates with PM Modi’s {photograph} in January.

The Trinamool Congress had moved the Election Fee of India (ECI) over the problem, stating that the PM’s {photograph} on such certificates have been violating the mannequin code of conduct.

Reacting to the issuance of certificates with Ms Banerjee’s picture, BJP MP from Bankura, Dr Subhas Sarkar mentioned: “It’s petty politics of the TMC”.

“There are solely 5 international locations on the planet who’re manufacturing vaccines and India is certainly one of them. We’re pleased with this. The PM is our custodian and below his steerage individuals are getting vaccines and the residents of the nation know that”.

“What’s the drawback? It is not vital that the one who is buying the vaccines ought to have images on the certificates for these getting the jabs,” Dr Sarkar informed PTI.

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