13 June, 2021

Vaccine Via Grassroots Model

All of 2.6 lakh village volunteers, fanning out across Andhra. Result? An India record of 6.28 lakh jabs in a day, nearly 50 lakh in all. Jagan pulls off a Covid surprise.

Vaccine Via Grassroots Model

On  April 14, a record 6.28 lakh people were vaccinated in Andhra Pradesh, the highest in a day in any state. Chief minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy attributed the ­success to the Village Secretariat system and asked other states to replicate it as an effective model of governance for judicious delivery of benefits to the right people. Based on 2.6 lakh village and ward volunteers, the system was put in place by Reddy’s party after its good show in the 2019 general ­elections in the state. The volunteers’ ­primary duty is to deliver all ­government welfare benefits directly at the doorsteps of beneficiaries, even those living in far-flung and ­inaccessible areas. This network has also helped Andhra Pradesh handle the second Covid surge effectively. Each volunteer covers 50 families, which helps in reaching out to every household for vaccination.

Reddy wrote a letter to PM Narendra Modi last week, boasting about his state’s achievement as part of the Tika Utsav and seeking 60 lakh more vaccines to ensure that all...

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