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  • Govt to administer COVID-19 vaccine to people above 60 yrs from 1st March; People above 45 with comorbidities also to be vaccinated

    Published on February 24, 2021

    Government will start administering COVID-19 vaccine to people above 60 years of age from 1st of next month. Those above 45 years of age with comorbidities will also be vaccinated in this phase. Briefing reporters in New Delhi today after the Union Cabinet meeting, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said the vaccine will be administered free of cost at ten thousand government hospitals to these groups while the cost of the vaccine at 20 thousand private vaccination centres will be  borne by them. 

    The Minister said the Union Cabinet also recommended imposition of President’s Rule in Puducherry. Mr. Javadekar  said Puducherry Chief Minister Narayansamy resigned from the post and no party claimed to form the government and therefore the LG has recommended suspension of the UT Assembly. He added, Cabinet decisions will be sent to the President and after his accent the assembly will be dissolved.

    The Union Cabinet also approved Production Linked Incentive Scheme for IT Hardware. The scheme proposes incentives to boost domestic manufacturing and attract large investments in the value chain of IT Hardware. The target segments of the scheme  include laptops, tablets, all-in-one PCs and servers. Communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the total cost of the proposed scheme is around Rs 7,350 crore over four years. Mr. Prasad added that the scheme has  direct and indirect employment generation potential of over one lakh 80 thousand. The Minister also said it will provide impetus to Domestic Value Addition for IT Hardware which is expected to rise 20 per cent to 25 per cent by 2025.