Karnataka Congress prepares 'Rs 100-crore plan' for direct vaccine procurement from manufacturers

State president DK Shivakumar said Rs 10 crore would be contributed by the KPCC fund, Rs 90 crore from Congress MLA/MLC funds

Press Trust of India May 14, 2021 13:58:30 IST
Karnataka Congress prepares 'Rs 100-crore plan' for direct vaccine procurement from manufacturers

File image of Siddaramaiah. Getty images

Bengaluru: The Congress' Karnataka unit on Friday announced that the MPs, MLAs and MLCs will use their Local Area Development fund to the tune of Rs 100 crore for procuring COVID-19 vaccines.

"The government has miserably failed to protect and vaccinate people. Hence, the MPs, MLAs and MLCs of the Congress, who are 95 in number have decided to donate at least Rs one crore each to procure vaccine," former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who is also the Congress legislative party leader, said at a press conference in Bengaluru.

According to him, a total of Rs 100 crore will be given by Congress leaders in Karnataka for the purpose.

State president DK Shivakumar said the Congress had a 100 crore plan to kick start the vaccination drive, of which 10 crore was being contributed by the Karnataka Congress party fund.

"Another 90 crore crore can come from the Congress MLA/MLC fund. I appeal to the Yediyurappa government to please allow us to use the MLA/MLC funds to procure vaccines directly in a transparent manner because the Modi and Yediyurappa governments are failing to do so for months now," he said.

"This is an unprecedented decision in the history of Karnataka," Siddaramaiah told reporters at the Karnataka State Congress headquarters.

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