Banna Gupta writes to PM that scientists should be honoured with Bharat Ratna on Independence Day.

Ranchi: Jharkhand Health Minister, Banna Gupta on Wednesday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi for awarding the scientists with Bharat Ratna for the invention of indigenous Covid-19 vaccines during the Covid-19 pandemic. Banna Gupta stated in his letter, “This pandemic has affected both the lifestyle and business due to the spread of Coronavirus. But due to the formulation of indigenous vaccine and its phased rollout, people shielded themselves from Coronavirus.”

“Through the immunity developed by vaccination, scientists were successful in reducing the ill-effects of pandemic and thus in introducing a self-reliant India on the world stage,” he said.

The letter also said, “For such patriotism, outstanding service, and extraordinary work, those scientists should be honoured with Bharat Ratna Award on Independence Day.” Meanwhile, in view of the possibility of the third wave of Covid-19, besides Jharkhand, the whole country will be fighting against the virus under the Prime Minister’s leadership.

On Tuesday, a Jharkhand state health department official said that it was facing a shortage of Covid-19 vaccines and the State was left with just one day’s supply of Covid-19 vaccine. As per the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) wing of Health Department, Senior Nodal Officer of Information, Siddharth Tripathi said, “Jharkhand is left with 82,652 vials of vaccine which is sufficient for today only. As of now, there is no vaccine for tomorrow. We are in talks with the Central Government. Hopefully, we will get some information regarding this by late evening.”

“This would also ensure adherence to the constitutional mandate of equity, equality, and reasonable opportunity for all the citizens,” he added.