The Finance Ministry today said, it is factually incorrect to state that there is no provision for expenditure on COVID-19 vaccination by the Central Government. It said, the amount of Rs 35,000 crore shown under Demand for Grants titled Transfers to States in no way implies that expenditure cannot be incurred by the Centre.
Rejecting media reports, in a statement the Ministry said, vaccines have actually been, and are being, procured by and paid for by the Centre through this head of account. It said, the use of this Demand for Grants has several administrative advantages. Firstly, because expenditure on vaccines is one-off expenditure outside the normal Centrally Sponsored Schemes of the Health Ministry, separate funding ensures easy monitoring and management of these funds.