The controversial No Vaccine No Salary order issued by health authorities in the Indian state of Jharkhand was forced to be withdrawn after backslash from employees.
The health department in Jharkhand’s Koderma ordered its employees to take Covid-19 vaccine shots or have their salaries withheld. However, the controversial order was soon withdrawn.
The order was issued by Koderma’s Chief Medical Officer and District Vaccination Officer amid reports that many healthcare workers were apprehensive that vaccines might trigger side-effects. When senior officials learnt about the order, they asked for its immediate withdrawal.
“Those government staffers who have not yet got themselves vaccinated should do so at the earliest. In the case of non-vaccination, the salary will remain suspended until the next order. The salary will be restored only after proof of vaccination is submitted,” the order said.
“The order was withdrawn within half an hour,” said Koderma Divisional Commissioner Ramesh Gholap.
Health Secretary Dr Nitin Madan Kulkarni also confirmed to India Today TV that the order had been withdrawn.
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Although the order has been withdrawn experts are concerned that such draconian measures will be enforced in another form in the guise of vaccine surveillance.
One such program is Trust Stamp – a vaccination based digital identity program funded by Bill Gates and implemented by Mastercard and GAVI.
The program said to “evolve as you evolve” seeks to link your biometric digital identity to your vaccination records
It has the potential dual use for the purposes of surveillance and “predictive policing” based on your vaccination history
Those who may not wish to be vaccinated may be locked out of the system based on their trust score.
The Indian government is planning to launch a mandatory digital health card modeled on Bill Gates’ concept.
Under the ‘One Nation One Health Card’ scheme, a person’s medical history records, including all the treatments and tests that the person has undergone, will be digitally saved in this card.
Hospitals, clinics, and doctors will all be linked to a central server. The move is aimed at mapping the health records of every citizen of the country in a digital format.
Simultaneously, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has initiated a COVID-19 Surveillance Project in India in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The data gathered through full-scale surveillance will be used to make future Indian strategies for containment in India.
Although, what “future strategies for containment” will be implemented by WHO’s pointman in India were not revealed, similar projects by the agency and related organisations implemented elsewhere give us a clear idea of where India is heading.