Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has appealed to MPs, MLAs and other public representatives to make persistent efforts to clear any misconceptions that public may have about coronavirus vaccines. Members of all democratic institutions such as Assembly, Legislative Council, Panchayat and Municipality should conduct public awareness campaigns about COVID-19 so that people can be protected against the pandemic, he said.
Birla made these remarks at the All India Presiding Officers Conference, held virtually on Tuesday. The conference was called to discuss the working of state legislatures with their presiding officers. The Lok Sabha Speaker said, “Public representatives should make persistent efforts to clear any misconceptions or confusions that the public may have about the vaccine.” He further said awareness about vaccines is important as the Centre has started free vaccination programmes across the country for all persons above the age of 18 years. He also informed the presiding officers about the initiatives taken by coaching institutes in Kota under which free coaching will be provided to the children who lost their earning parent or both parents due to COVID-19 along with the arrangement of their accommodation. Birla is the MP from Kota in Rajasthan.