Kohima: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has written to the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), informing that the State would be requiring 16 Lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine to cover an estimated eight Lakh people in the age group of 18 to 44 years.
In a letter to CII president Uday Kotak, Rio mentioned that with an estimated population of 8 Lakh in the 18 to 44 age group, Nagaland will need 16 Lakh doses of vaccine at cost of Rs 64 crore, appeared to be based on initial price of the Covishield vaccine announced by the manufacturer Serum Institute of India (SII). As the State does not have any large company registered within its jurisdiction, “I am approaching you to request your member companies to contribute generously in Nagaland’s endeavour to procure vaccines, provide these free to the residents of the state,” said that letter shared by Rio on his official Twitter handle Thursday evening.
As the State did not have any large company registered within its jurisdiction, Rio wrote to Kotak that he was approaching him to request CII-member companies to “contribute generously in Nagaland’s endeavour to procure vaccines, provide these free to residents of the State and therefore stand together in this fight against COVID with the people of Nagaland.”
Rio in his letter said the companies could contribute directly to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund or in any other manner convenient to them. The letter mentioned that the Centre had announced the Liberalised Pricing and Accelerated National Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy, as part of which flexibility had been given to the State governments for reducing cut-off age to cover the age group 18 to 44 years. The vaccine for covering the said age group would have to be procured directly by the Government from the manufacturer, he