Donate vaccine as birthday gift: CM Himanta Biswa Sarma appeals


GUWAHATI: Assam chief minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday appealed to the citizens to donate vaccine as birthday gift to family and well-wishers. He requested the people of the state to take part voluntarily in this mass movement.

“I appeal people to donate vaccine as a birthday gift to friends and well-wishers. If we take responsibility to vaccinate one or two persons at our own expense it will be great work we will do for our society,” Sarma said at a press conference in Guwahati.

However, Sarma clarified that the state is not in financial distress and has “enough budget” for vaccinating its population, but people should also feel the “happiness of giving life” to another fellow human being.

“I don’t think more than Rs 100-150 crore will be raised in this drive. So, the rest Rs 400-500 crore will be borne by the state government. Today, a Rs 50 crore cheque will be given to the Assam Arogya Nidhi from the Chief Minister”s Relief Fund for vaccines,” he added.