The Pune Municipal Corporation has finally received the consent of the state government to float global tenders to vaccinate its citizens. The approval from the Maha Vikas Aghadi Government came after the PMC threatened to move ahead with the process without their consent.
The consent by the Maharashtra Government comes more than three weeks after it was initially sought. The Pune Municipal Corporation had earlier decided to move ahead with the process saying that lives were more important.
After 24 days Maharashtra Government finally gives consent to #Pune to float global tender for #Vaccines.— Siddharth Shirole (@SidShirole) May 14, 2021
Hon. Dy. CM @AjitPawarSpeaks ji on behalf of the State govt. gave formal consent to PMC LoH @GaneshBidkarBJP ji to start the process to procure 25 lakh vaccines for Pune. pic.twitter.com/Mtel7BCCQL
Siddharth Shirole, BJP MLA from Shivajinagar constituency in Pune, on Thursday had slammed the state government for granting permission to the BMCV to float global tenders within 24 hours but not awarding the same to Pune despite 23 days having passed.
#BMC Model. Sit on the request of PMC for 23 days. Give permission to BMC for the exact same request in less than 24 hours all to claim "We are the 1st municipal corporation in the world" all the while ignoring that there are lives at stake.#CMofMumbai https://t.co/60GwM2Bhk1— Siddharth Shirole (@SidShirole) May 13, 2021
The Leader of the House in Pune Municipal Corporation is Ganesh Bidkar from the BJP. The BJP had accused the state government of discriminating against Pune. Pune wants 25 lakh vaccines to inoculate its citizens against Covid-19.