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Mizoram CM Zoramthanga urges Centre to provide free vaccines to Special Category states

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AIZAWL: Zoramthanga, Chief Minister of Mizoram, has requested the central government on Tuesday to provide free COVID-19 vaccines for the state under special category states.

CM Zoramthanga has made the request with the aim to save the stressed economic resources of the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zoramthaga wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “While While most part of India appears to have reached a stage where the new cases of COVID-19 re declining, North East India is still witnessing increased trend of new cases.”

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“The pandemic put serious stress on the resources of the country and this has far more severe impacts on small states with small resources base like Mizoram. On top of this, we are now required to buy the vaccines for the 18-44 years age group, which puts more stress on our meager resources,” he further added.

“I have written yesterday to the Hon’ble Prime Minister requesting his kind intervention for Government of India to buy the entire vaccine requirements and make an equitable distribution to all the states. I also requested that the special category states like Mizoram are provided with vaccines free of charge by the Govt of India,” CM wrote.

He has also urged the other Northeastern states’ CMs to take a similar line of action and to present a united front of the government of India.

The Centre is yet to give its response at the time of filing this report.

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