He alleged that many states, which are smaller than Maharashtra in terms of population and the number of patients, have received more doses.
The newly appointed Maharashtra Home minister Dilip Walse Patil is known as a man of principles and discipline.
Uddhav government contests Centre's claim over Maharashtra's vaccine wastage; inoculation drive stopped in Pune and Mumbai
State Health Minister Rajesh Tope contested the figure put out by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on vaccine wastage, saying it was not correct.
Fourteen lakh doses are available now which would last three days. We need 40 lakh vaccine doses every week, said Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope.
Speaking to reporters, he said he had received complaints that some hospitals were making people deposit lump sum amounts ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh before admitting COVID-19 patients.
Tope also said the state could do even better and achieve a target of covering three lakh beneficiaries per day if the Centre helped with a continuous supply of vaccine doses.
In the last couple of days, over two lakh people were inoculated in Maharashtra on a daily basis to increase the coverage.
To a question on the demand for relaxing the local train timings for the general public, Tope said preventing crowds at stations is still the priority.
The Maharashtra government on Saturday evening announced suspension of the COVID-19 vaccination drive in the state till Monday owing to problems in the software application.
The Maharashtra government on Saturday evening announced suspension of the COVID-19 vaccination drive in the state till Monday owing to problems in the Co-WIN app.
The state has received only 9.63 vials of Covishield vaccine from the Serum Institute of India and merely 20,000 vials from the Bharat Biotech of its indigenously-made vaccine, Tope told reporters.
The inoculation drive against coronavirus will be held at 511 centers across 36 districts of the state, he said, as the first consignments of vaccine left SII in Pune earlier in the day.
Three infants died of burns, seven suffocated to death: Maharashtra health minister on hospital fire
According to doctors, ten newborn babies, aged between a month and three months, died after fire broke out in the Special Newborn Care Unit of the hospital around 1.30 am.
The police on Monday registered a case against Arbaaz Khan, his brother Sohail Khan and the latter's son Nirvaan Khan for allegedly violating the COVID-19 institutional quarantine norms
Of these, five are from Mumbai, he said, adding contacts of all the COVID-19 patients with the UK strain are being traced.