Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader yesterday said people are getting confused and losing their trust in the government due to ‘ridiculous’ remarks by ministers.In a statement, he also said ministers are making ‘contradictory’ remarks due to lack of coordination.The Jatiya Party chief said Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque’s remarks on taking punitive action against unvaccinated people aged 18 or above who go outside from August 11 is not only unreasonable, unrealistic and unacceptable, but also completely ridiculous.GM Quader said the number of people in the country who have so far been vaccinated with two doses of the vaccines is less than one crore.According to a report of the Covid Taskforce, Bangladesh is one of the countries lagging behind in vaccination drive. “Bangladesh also lags far behind in Southeast Asia in this regard. “The Jatiya Party chief said when the entire world is making life normal through vaccination, it seems the government is taking imprudent decisions to avoid its failure to ensure vaccine jabs for people.
He said the minimum age limit for the vaccination is still 25 years. “In that case, how can the garment workers between the ages of 18 and 24 go to factories? How will transport workers of this age go out to work? Or how will the shopkeepers of this age open their shops?”Quader also said the health ministry issued a statement on Tuesday disagreeing with Liberation War Affairs Minister’s comment on not allowing unvaccinated people on the streets.”Such incidents are happening repeatedly due to the unplanned and short-sighted decisions and for lack of coordination,” he said.On Tuesday, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque said it has been made mandatory to take Covid jabs for public movement from August 11. “Any movement by people aged 18 or above without being vaccinated would be considered a punishable offence. “However, the minister withdrew his statement by issuing a media release yesterday.”All citizens above the age of 18 will be vaccinated in phases. But Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque is withdrawing the part of his statement that anyone above 18 years will not be allowed to go outside after August 11,” the release said.