Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (A.P.,) cancelled his visit to Delhi, today, the 7th of June.
Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy was scheduled to visit Delhi to meet the Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the Prime Minister of India. Besides these two leaders, he was also expected to meet the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Union Minister Nitin Gadhkari. However, he was unable to get the appointments for the aforementioned people following which he postponed his trip.
The trip was scheduled to discuss the issue of distribution of vaccines to the State, enough vaccines for covering a large population in Andhra Pradesh and the cold response of people towards global tenders policy. With this global tender, the State would be able to procure maximum vaccines from companies (10 million doses.) With this, the companies which would bid lowest for the tenders of procurement of vaccines would get the contract. This would help the State Government to vaccinate an entire population of the State in a short span of time.
In addition, Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy also prepared a representation requesting Amit Shah to give a free hand to procuring vaccines from different sources. In regard to this, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister even wrote two letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and requested extra doses of the vaccines. He also urged the Central Government to share the formula of COVAXIN, the vaccine against the Wuhan virus, manufactured by the Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech International Private Limited.
Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy asked to share COVAXIN’s formula with other manufacturers to increase its production, as only two companies are manufacturing vaccines and are unable to meet the country’s requirements. Hence, he requested the Central Government to encourage other eligible firms to manufacture the vaccines by sharing the formula.
Adding to it, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy was also expected to demand the release of pending funds for the Polavaram Irrigation Project in Andhra Pradesh. It is to be noted, the Union Government is yet to clear the pending bills of Rs. 16,000 crores, which would lead to the speed up of the rehabilitation and resettlement issues of the project.
However, due to unavailable appointments of both the Union Minister Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Jagan Mohan Reddy had to cancel today’s Delhi visit and reschedule it.
The next visit of Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is expected to be on the 10th of June, Thursday. However, an official announcement is awaited.