Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar landed in another controversy as netizens have questioned his eligibility for the first vaccine dose at the vaccine drive-in centre at the Andheri sports complex. It must be mentioned that this facility has been specifically reserved for senior citizens and differently-abled people above the age of 45 years.
According to The Indian Express report:
On Saturday, Akhtar (47) tweeted, “Got my first jab today via drive-through at Andheri sports complex. Thank you to @mybmc & @MumbaiPolice for the streamlined system. To those waiting their turn, the process does take 2-3 hours (for now) so please be patient. Carry water & a snack, if need be. Stay safe.”
People asked how he got the vaccine when such centres are meant exclusively for the 60-plus age group. “Thought drive-in was only for 60+ Citizens. Did BMC open it for all age categories? Can anyone enlighten,” tweeted the Lokhandwala Oshiwara Citizens Association (LOCA).
After the huge success of the drive-in centre at Kohinoor parking lot in Dadar west, the BMC planned for more at other locations. On May 6, Municipal Commissioner I S Chahal issued an order, starting at least seven drive-in vaccination centres across the city.
However, he has clearly said these drive-ins can be made available for only 60-plus citizens. “Only 60-plus people get both doses of Covishield and strictly by appointment,” stated the order.
Civic officials made the claim that the drive-in centre at the Andheri sports complex is yet to be started. Assistant Municipal Commissioner K-west (Andheri), Vishwas Mote did not respond to messages and calls.
Even as the BMC had tweeted to say that the facility was exclusively for those above 60 years, Farhan Akhtar defended himself with extraordinary arrogance. Although Akhtar defended himself saying the facility was for those above 45, BMC had confirmed that it was only for those persons who were differently abled.
Bollywood actors who love to give sermons to ordinary people never fail to use their class privileges when it comes to accessing facilities and resources. Farhan Akhtar also subscribes to the same hypocritic league. The sense of entitlement among the likes of Akhtar seems to have given them the right to disrespect the law. For all his moral sermons, Farhan Akhtar believes that it is his right to gain access to resources out of turn.
(Featured Image Source: The Indian Express)
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