A vendor in Chandigarh, who drew praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year, is offering free Chhole Bhature to people taking a precautionary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine amid slow absorption of the third vaccine.
Sanjay Rana worries about the ‘complacency’ that has set in among people, and says few who are eligible for the booster shot show up to receive the shot.
A year ago, the 45-year-old street vendor handing out free Chhole Bhature to people who take their COVID-19 vaccine and provide proof of it on the same day drew praise from PM Modi in his monthly radio ‘Mann Ki Baat”. broadcast.
Appreciating his efforts, Modi had said, “To work for the good of society, one needs a sense of service and duty. Our brother Sanjay proves that right.”
Rana ran a food stall and sold Chhole Bhature on a cycle for over 15 years.
He said his daughter and niece gave him the idea to give Chhole Bhature free to those who took their shots last year.
Rana, who says she took the booster dose, is worried that few people show up for the precautionary dose.
“All eligible should come forward and not hesitate. Already we are seeing a slight increase in cases in many parts of India. Why should we wait for the situation to spiral out of control? Lessons should be learned from the situation which prevailed in April-May 2021,” Mr. Rana said.
Offered Free Chhole Bhature For More Than 7 Months
Rana said that he gave Chhole Bhature free for more than seven months from May last year, and he wouldn’t mind giving it free this time for a few weeks.
“As a child, I longed to join the armed forces. But fate had other plans. But now I want to do my part in another way, it gives me great satisfaction,” he says.
From Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, Rana says his wife is a housewife and they have a daughter. He studied up to class 10 and when his father died the family responsibilities fell on his shoulders as he had to look after three siblings.
“A few years ago, I was also working in a private company,” he recalls. Her dream now is for her daughter to receive a good education.
India on April 10 started administering precautionary doses of COVID-19 vaccines to all people over the age of 18.
On July 15, the central government launched a 75-day campaign to give free booster doses to all people aged 18 and over at vaccination centers.
The “COVID Vaccination Amrit Mahotsava” campaign, aimed at boosting the use of COVID booster shots among the eligible population, is organized to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.
Recently, an official source said that only 7, 30, 96, 284 out of 68, 97, 62, 152 people who are eligible for the booster dose have taken it so far.
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