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Modi clears free Covid vax for18 plus from June 21; days after SC rap

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the in-principle nod to revamp the existing Covid vaccination policy on June 1 itself and the groundwork, too, began that day, government sources claim. The observation came amid assertion by opposition leaders that the government had corrected its course following sharp comments from the Supreme Court last week against the new, liberalised inoculation drive. In a national address on Monday, PM Modi announced that his government would take back control of the drive from the states and provide vaccines free of charge to all above 18 from June 21. The change in the Centre's Covid vaccination policy, comes a week after the government faced some tough questions from the Supreme Court. A three-member bench had on May 31 flagged "various flaws" in the inoculation drive, criticising aspects such as differential pricing, shortage of doses, and a lack of access in rural India.

TMC MP puts Governor Dhankar in a spot over hiring family & friends

With the feud between the Centre and the West Bengal government having escalated over the past few days, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and Lok Sabha MP Mahua Moitra is now locked in a war of words on Twitter with West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, accusing him of "settling in" an "extended family" at Raj Bhawan as Officers on Special Duty (OSDs). After Moitra's tweet on Sunday, sharing the names of six OSDs and their purported relation with the Governor, who she referred to as 'Uncleji', Dhankhar hit back, saying, "Assertion Mahua Moitra in tweet and Media that six coterminous appointee OSDs in personal staff are relatives is FACTUALLY WRONG. OSDs are from three states and belong to four different castes. None of them is part of a close family. Four of them are not from my caste or state." He further called it a "'distraction strategy to divert attention from thealarming law and order scenario." Minutes later, Moitra responded asking Dhankhar to come clear on the antecedents of the appointments and how each one got into Raj Bhawan. "Do it NOW. BJP IT Cell can't get you out of this one Uncleji.. And I don't think Vice President of India also happening for you," she posted.