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Assam MLA Says 3 Vaccine Centres Charging Registration Fee, Probe Ordered


Assam Health Minister Keshab Mahanta stated the allegation can be probed. (Representational)

Guwahati:

Congress MLA Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha right now alleged within the Assam meeting that three COVID-19 vaccination centres in Karimganj district are illegally charging Rs 5 as registration charge for the jabs, prompting the federal government to announce an inquiry.

Raising the difficulty throughout the Question Hour, Mr Purkayastha tabled an official letter written by the extra chief medical and well being officer of the district flagging the matter.

“The additional chief medical and health officer wrote in his letter that three vaccine centres are charging Rs 5 as registration fees. This is a huge irregularity as the vaccines are meant to be given free,” he added.

Reacting to the matter, Health and Family Welfare Minister Keshab Mahanta stated he’ll “definitely look into” the allegation. “We will conduct an inquiry and take action accordingly,” he added.

The further chief medical and well being officer of Karimganj wrote to the Superintendent of Karimganj Civil Hospital on August 3 and sought detailed info concerning the issuance of registration coupons of Rs 5 on the three COVID-19 vaccination centres.

The district well being officer additionally sought particulars akin to since when the coupons have been being issued, whole variety of such registration coupons issued until date, fee collected within the centres and the names of the employees engaged in issuing them.

The three centres within the district are the Civil Hospital, Public HS School, Karimganj and the DSA Complex, in line with the letter.

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