All Indians to get free COVID-19 vaccine: Union minister Pratap Sarangi

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Amidst the uproar against BJP’s announcement of free COVID-19 vaccine for poll-bound Bihar, Union Minister Pratap Sarangi on Sunday said that all people of the country will be given free coronavirus vaccine.

Addressing a campaign meeting for the November 3 assembly by-poll in Balasore, Union Minister Pratap Sarangi said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that all people will be provided free of cost vaccines. An estimated Rs 500 odd will be spent on vaccination of each person.”

Union Minister Pratap Sarangi (file image)

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Sarangi, the Union Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Dairy, Fisheries and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises made the remark in reply to question raised by Odisha Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister, R P Swain.

The BJP, in its manifesto for Bihar, had announced free coronavirus vaccine for people in the state, following which controversy has erupted with the opposition parties tearing into the NDA government alleging that the ruling party was using the pandemic for political reasons.

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