Meghalaya CM Conrad K Sangma speaking at the Budget Session 2020 Credit: DIPR

Shillong: The total expenditure made by the Meghalaya government in battling COVID-19 stands at Rs 115.10 Crore. An amount of Rs 57.98 crore has been sanctioned by the State government to the Health and Family Welfare Department. Of this Rs 45.85 crore is from state’s resources and Rs 12.13 crore is from central resources.

The details of the state’s expenditure were shared by Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma during a zero hour notice brought by Congress MLA PT Sawkmie on the second day of the re-assembled budget session

Sangma informed that Rs 2.77 Crore was spent on relief to stranded citizens.

He added that Rs 2,100 is being credited to the bank accounts of 1,81,491 unregistered workers under the CM’s Relief Against Wage Loss Scheme. The Govt. is spending Rs 38.11 Crore on this.

Free provision kits of 2-weeks ration and other essentials to individuals and households under quarantine have been supplied to over 10,000 households in the state costing approximately Rs 2 Crore.

Rs. 26.38 Crore has been provided to the Food and Civil Supplies Department for procurement and supply of 58,639 quintals of food grains under the open market sale scheme.

Informing that the state has suffered a drop in revenue collection, Sangma said that while the total state resources, tax and non-tax, collected in April 2019 was Rs 207.61 crore, the revenue collected in April 2020 was merely Rs 76.40 crore, a fall of Rs 131.21 crore in monthly revenue collection.

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