Govt notices deliberate disinformation drive on vaccine, oxygen, medicine issues
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“The Prime Minister is believed to have directed the bureaucracy as well as his political colleagues not to launch a counter-offensive as that may not serve any specific purpose. Continuing doing your mandated work with missionary zeal, is his advice”
WELL beyond the realm of politically-driven accusations, Union Ministry of Home Affairs has arrived at a conclusion that a systematically-planned disinformation drive is being pushed into operation by vested interests with the sole idea of not just bringing the Narendra Modi Government in disrepute but also to create confusion in common people’s minds about what is being billed as a failed vaccination drive. After carefully analysing available data and the supporting narrative, various official agencies have arrived at a conclusion that the disinformation drive is part of a bigger plan to create panic among common people that the vaccination campaign is a terribly ill-planned affair as a result of which countless lakhs of people were pushed into the jaws of coronavirus -- and subsequent death in massive numbers of cases, ‘The Hitavada’ has learned.
The demand for the supply of free vaccine emerging mostly from States not ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is also a part of this disinformation drive. The idea is to corner the Government in every which the way, sources indicate. In actuality, the Government’s overall vaccination campaign is fairly well-meditated and non-partisan. The Government has tried to make a fair and equitable distribution of whatever quantities of vaccines available nationally. Confident that none of its moves was malafide, the Government, therefore, agreed most willingly to submit to the honourable Supreme Court all the documents and official notings on files etc about decisions about vaccination campaign, purchase of the vaccine doses from various companies, differential pricing, and the subsequent distribution of the stocks to various places across the country. These details can be considered parts of the Government’s vaccine policy, the honourable Supreme Court had said.
The Union ministries of Home as well as Health have reportedly realised that much of the confusion about vaccination campaign has stemmed from the State where management of details have been botched up. This impression is backed by spate of media reports highlighting how large stocks of vaccine doses have been allowed to go waste in States. The reports of vaccine doses having been buried in the ground in Rajasthan have only sent shock-waves across the land. In many places, vaccine doses have also been found dumped in dustbins with no remorse from the respective State Governments.
“This is simply shocking. But we cannot do anything since the whole thing is a political affair,” a senior central official said. The ministries of Home and Health have also noted in all seriousness that States governed by parties other than the BJP or its associates in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had started creating panic among people by announcing right from the beginning that they would not be able to launch their vaccination campaigns owing to shortage of stocks. “That was even before the vaccine stocks had started arriving. We see this as a deliberate attempt to push the public into panic mode. Still, there was no accountability on the part of those State governments. The same thing happened about oxygen supplies as well,” another senior official who is a member of a monitoring team lamented. The Government has had no problem with the direction of the Supreme Court as regards the vaccine policy or vaccine pricing issues or about oxygen or Remdesivir supply-chain management. It is all eager to comply with the directions, but does not miss the reality that many approaches to the courts carried lopsided pleas -- which led to judicial observations that unfortunately appeared rather harsh, sources in the Union Ministry of Home Affairs said. The disinformation drive, fortunately, seems to have had no effect on public opinion that the Government has handled the issues fairly well -- as many recent studies have indicated. These studies also indicate that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity rating, too, has not suffered much on account of the disinformation drive. Despite this, the Prime Minister is believed to have directed the bureaucracy as well as his political colleagues not to launch a counter-offensive as that may not serve any specific purpose. Continuing doing your mandated work with missionary zeal, is his advice, sources told ‘The Hitavada’.