Indore (Madhya Pradesh): State culture minister Usha Thakur has appealed to citizens to donate Rs 500 to the PM CARES Fund after receiving both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine if they can afford to do so, according to India Today.
Speaking to the media in Indore, the BJP MLA said, “Due to the Covid pandemic, all arrangements have been affected. So, I appeal with folded hands to all those who have been enabled by God to donate Rs 500 to the PM CARES Fund after getting vaccinated.”
“We know that one dose costs Rs 250. If we have got both doses for free and can afford to donate, we must each put Rs 500 in the fund. This is my request,” Thakur said.
According to India Today, the remarks come against the backdrop of BJP leaders thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “free vaccines” in India.
Last month, Prime Minister Modi altered the vaccine policy and announced that vaccines would be given to all adults in India free of cost at government centres.
Reacting to Thakur’s appeal, MP Congress spokesperson Narendra Saluja asked why the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led government had put up posters thanking PM Modi for free vaccines when their own minister was asking people to give Rs 500 after getting vaccinated.
In May, Usha Thakur was in the news for yet another controversial statement. The MP had espoused the need to perform a 'yagya', terming it as an "ancient practice since time immemorial to purify our environment for keeping the third Covid wave at bay".