Bengal government’s Covid-19 portal ‘Benvax’ comes under central scanner | Kolkata

The Covid-19 digital portal launched by the West Bengal authorities has come under the scanner of the Union authorities, following allegations of irregularities raised by the chief of the opposition (LoP) of the state’s legislative meeting.

Senior well being officers of the Mamata Banerjee administration, nevertheless, mentioned that the portal ‘Benvax’ is built-in with the centre’s CoWIN app, which kinds the spine of the Covid-19 vaccine drive.

“LOP, WB Assembly Sh @SuvenduWB Ji visited Delhi yesterday to discuss repercussions of an alternative digital platform, not authorised by GoI, allegedly being used in WB to carry out #VaccinationDrive. The matter is being investigated,” Union well being minister Harsh Vardhan tweeted late on Friday night time.

The tweet got here a day after, BJP legislator Suvendu Adhikari despatched a letter to Vardhan alleging that in some vaccination camps in West Bengal the CoWin registration aren’t being sought and other people have been being given vaccination certificates with the picture of chief minister Mamata Banerjee by Benvax portal.

“Such a move shall give wind to distrust regarding #VaccinationDrive, not to mention difficulties people may face in verifying authenticity of inoculation,” tweeted Vardhan.

Top well being officers of the state well being division, nevertheless, rubbished the fees and clarified that the Benvax portal was built-in with the CoWin app on a real-time foundation, with some extra options.

“Benvax, which an initiative of the West Bengal government is integrated on a real-time basis with the centre’s CoWIN. One gets the vaccine certificate from Benvax only after registration with the CoWIN. The recipient gets all the SMS and certificate from CoWIN. Benvax gives them an additional certificate with the chief minister’s photo and has some additional features like sending SMS for the second dose after importing data from CoWIN and also helps to identify some groups like the super spreaders,” mentioned a senior official of the state well being division.

While the certificates downloaded from CoWIN has a photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the certificates downloaded from Benvax bears a photograph of CM Mamata Banerjee.

Meanwhile, the Centre has requested the West Bengal authorities to file a report by Thursday within the faux Covid-19 vaccination camps busted by the Kolkata Police final week even because the Calcutta excessive courtroom directed the state to file an affidavit within the matter by Friday.

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