Vastavam web: Fulfilling its election promise, the Nitish Kumar government on Tuesday (December 15) approved a proposal for providing free COVID-19 vaccine to people of Bihar. It may be recalled that Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced before Bihar election that people of the state would be given free coronavirus vaccines if JDU-BJP-HAM-VIP coalition comes to power. Deputy CM Tarkishore Prasad said: “We have decided to carry free innoculation of vaccines against Covid-19 to every resident of the state as it was a foremost promise of the BJP and also the NDA. Our decision is a big gift to people of the state after formation of the government.
Former deputy CM and Rajya Sabha MP Sushil Kumar Modi said, “The decision of the state cabinet to provide free vaccines against Covid-19 to the entire population of Bihar is a welcome decision. I feel other states should emulate it. The BJP in its manifesto had promised to provide free vaccines knowing well how in Bihar only a small section of the populace could afford it at market prices. Once the vaccines come, the frontline workers, police personnel and those above 50 would be given the doses in a phase wise manner,” he said. The state cabinet also approved the implementation of all programmes under Atma Nirbhar Bihar and Saath Nischai (Seven resolves) -2 for the next five years (2020-2025).