and People's Conference leaders have accused the J&K administration of discrepancy in the distribution of the vaccines between Kashmir and Jammu divisions.
The allegations come amid a paucity of doses in the Valley, which has resulted in slow rollout of the vaccination programme.
People's Conference leader Basharat Bukhari claimed that just two hundred people were getting vaccinated across Kashmir on average over the last several days and in contrast, vaccines are being administered in the Jammu region in full swing.
A senior officer involved in the immunisation programme refuted the charges and said that equal distribution of the vaccine doses was taking place in both Kashmir and Jammu divisions. This, even though Kashmiris were initially reluctant to take the jab over fear of side effects.
“Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir have received 38,73,360 doses of Covishield and Covaxin since January 16 this year. Of the total, 19,02,220 have been allocated for
and 19,71,140 for Jammu Division,” a top government official said.
The government official said that Srinagar, which started the vaccination drive at the same time as Jammu after the second wave of Covid-19, clocked only 35.52% coverage of the priority groups while the latter has achieved 98.48% vaccination.
Responding to the government's claims, Bukhari in a statement said the situation merits government’s fervent attention to prevent confusion and chaos.
The doctors and officials, however, said that the UT of J&K has received 2,814,272 doses. Of these, 1,335,954 vaccines were administered in Kashmir division and 1,478,318 in Jammu division.
There are over 51,000 active cases in the UT presently.
Separately, the J&K administration has reportedly shifted five oxygen plants to hospitals in Jammu which were supposedly meant for Kashmir hospitals.
Mechanical engineering department’s chief engineer Abdul Rashid Dar admitted that they have shifted a few plants to Jammu.
“Only two plants of 1000 LPM capacity have been diverted. Their contract had failed. We had secured our contract on time, so we are placing orders for six plants from here for Jammu,” he added.
He said that of the 37 PSA oxygen generation units ordered for Kashmir, 34 were from Germany while three were to be acquired from an American company.
“We have already acquired 20 and seven more are being airlifted,” he said.