Tamil Nadu finance minister cites CoWIN to blow the federal bugle | India News

MADURAI: Tamil Nadu finance minister P T R Palanivel Thiagarajan on Tuesday highlighted the importance of a federal approach in situations like the Covid-19 pandemic. He said the CoWIN portal, where the details of the Covid vaccinations are maintained, is a classic example for why “we need a federal approach in some situations.” He pointed out that the details of the vaccinated citizens are available only with the Centre and not with the states, as it should be. This posed a hurdle to the states while preparing to face the third wave of Covid.
The minister was speaking to reporters after inspecting vaccination camps in Madurai, in the presence of minister for commerce P Moorthy.
He said Madurai had successfully brought the second wave under control and the district was fairly well prepared in terms of infrastructure. There were sufficient beds, oxygen concentrators, oxygen generators, Covid care centres and others, he said.
“Now, on the instruction of the chief minister M K Stalin, we are going to implement a pilot project to identify the vulnerable people and monitor them continuously. Five lakh people have received the vaccines in Madurai. About 4.17 lakh have received a single dose and 90,000 have received their second dose also. But, as the CoWIN portal is a centralised system, the details of vaccinated people are available only with the central government. Hence this is a hurdle to implement the pilot project. We don’t have the 100% details of our vaccinated population,” he said.
“This is why we have been stressing on the need for a federal system, where the management will be better within the states if they have their own data,’’ he said.
The minister said that they were also going to write to the central government seeking details of the vaccinated population in Madurai district. “We have about 70% of the data through camps conducted in Madurai, but 30% still remains with the Centre and we have to access it for better management to know which part of the city has a larger number of vaccinated people and where it is low. This information is a must to tackle the third wave, and let’s hope the Centre shares the details in the next few days,” he said.
From Wednesday, the Madurai district administration would keep a tab on its vaccinated population. This would go a long way in helping to control the spread of the disease, he said.

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