Kohima: Following allegations of fund misappropriation amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Nagaland Finance Department on Monday, issued the fund details mobilised through pro-rata cuts and expenditure incurred on the COVID-19 pandemic.
The move of the state government to disclose the financial management comes after the opposition party recently expressed “serious concern” over the government’s financial management, accusing them of not maintaining transparency.
According to the Nagaland government, during 2020-21, Rs 50.28 crore was obtained from savings from pro-rata cut and COVID cess during 2020-21. The savings from the 15% pro-rata cut is Rs 36.64 crore and revenue from COVID cess on petroleum products is Rs 13.64 crore.
For the same period from 2020-21, the total expenditure incurred on the COVID pandemic is Rs 180.88 crore. The department informed that Rs 71.18 crore for additional funds were provided to the Department of Health and family welfare.
The funds received from the Central Government for COVID is Rs 22.26 crore, and the funds received from NEC for COVID is Rs 3 crore. Rs 3.60 crore were incurred on the purchase of foodgrains for distribution. The expenditure for the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) for COVID activities is Rs 61.60 crore.
Miscellaneous expenditure of Police, jails and ex-gratia included Rs 1.33 crore. The expenditure from CM’s relief fund is Rs 3.55 crore, expenditure from 35% of the State Disaster Response Fund is Rs 14.36 crore.
For the year 2021-22, it informed that the savings from 20% pro-rata cut is Rs 47.69 crore. The additional funds provided during 2021-22 is Rs 62.75 crore (₹ 25.30 crore for COVID, ₹30 crore for 176 bedded hospital at CIHSR & ₹7.45 crore for vaccine purchase). The expenditure from CM’s Relief Fund is Rs 1.81 crore.
The government informed that the pro-rata cuts during 2021-22 have been affected to provide free vaccines to all, as decided by the State Cabinet. It said that the expenditure on COVID is continuing.
Further, it notified that the details of expenditure from CM’s Relief Fund is available on the website. The State Government has during 2021-22 decided to use 25% of LADP funds to fight the pandemic and this will include the 15% Common Pool Fund and an additional 10% from normal funds without touching the iconic projects. These funds will be kept with the respective DPDBs for fighting the pandemic in the respective districts, it said.
It added that the break-up of items of expenditure can be obtained from the concerned departments in case of necessity.
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