The Ujjain Municipal Corporation at present issued an order saying no salaries might be paid to these of its workers who have not but obtained their Covid vaccine photographs. That will cowl nearly 30 per cent of the civic physique’s personnel, together with some officers. This dictum, nonetheless, goes in opposition to the Central authorities’s stance that inoculation in opposition to the pandemic is voluntary.
The Ujjain company’s transfer comes amid an obvious slackness within the nationwide vaccination drive once more coronavirus. This is regardless of some metropolis civic authorities together with their workers within the class of frontline staff.
“The state and central governments had, in the second phase, included the municipal workers in the frontline segment, ordering their vaccination. So that any untoward incident happens, their families are safe,” Ujjain Municipal Commissioner Kshitij Singhal.
“This because they are highly exposed. So we need to make sure they do not become the medium of infection either,” he mentioned.
Only 70 per cent of the company’s 1,600 workers have acquired their photographs until now, officers have mentioned. Among these remaining are some officers, too, they mentioned, calling such an angle “careless”.
“Only those who have received at least one of their doses will receive their salaries for May,” Mr Singhal mentioned.
Municipal staff are deployed amongst individuals via day particularly in crowded areas of town, which makes their vaccination vital, Mr Singhal mentioned.
Vaccination in opposition to COVID-19, nonetheless, will not be obligatory. The Centre has made it amply clear that it’s a voluntary act.