Shillong: Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma on Monday said that the state has incurred less expenditure for COVID-19 this year as compared to the first wave.

The state government had spent close to Rs 400 crore during the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic.

“Close to Rs 60-70 crore was spent on labourers last year. We also had to spend a lot on people living outside, on bringing them back here and also to keep them under quarantine for many days. All these activities were never expected,” said Sangma.

The decisions then were not easy to make, said Sangma. “But we kept a simple point in our mind that whatever the situation maybe we should ensure to help our people as much as possible,” he added.

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This year, the chief minister said, the expenses have not gone to that level. “We have tried to minimise the expenditures by balancing the various aspects,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sangma said that the state government has about 90,000 vaccines at the moment. “We will be receiving another 40,000 in the next two to three days,” he said.

“We should have another 1 lakh by the end of this month or the first week of July,” said Sangma.

In all, the state will have about 2 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine available in the next 7-10 days. “The Centre will give vaccines to the states as per usage basis and if the states are doing well, then they will get more vaccines,” he added.

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