NEW DELHI: Union minister and senior BJP chief Prakash Javadekar alleged on Thursday that 5 lakh doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been wasted in Maharashtra attributable to a scarcity of planning by the state authorities.
Addressing a press convention on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workplace right here, Javadekar, who himself hails from Maharashtra, mentioned he has taken all the data and 23 lakh doses of the vaccines can be found with the Maharashtra authorities.
His remarks got here after Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday mentioned many inoculation centres within the state are being shut attributable to a scarcity of the vaccines and that the state now has 14 lakh doses, which might solely final for 3 days.
“I want to make it clear that the Maharashtra government has 23 lakh doses of the vaccines with it….which is a stock for five to six days. Now, to distribute in villages and districts is the responsibility of the state government,” Javadekar mentioned.
He alleged that the Maharashtra authorities has “wasted 5 lakh doses of the vaccines, and it’s not a small quantity, attributable to its lack of planning.
The planning for finishing up a vaccination drive is the accountability of the state authorities”.
The Union minister additionally mentioned the next variety of vaccines was given to Maharashtra as in comparison with the Centre’s earlier allocation to the state.