Shillong: Following several questions raised over the Meghalaya government’s expenses in fighting COVID-19, the government on Tuesday disclosed that from March till September it spent Rs 399 crores.
Deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong detailed the expenses, “The total expenditure which is needed to meet different requirements in fighting COVID is Rs 399 crores.”
Under the National Health Mission (NHM) the state spent Rs 188.9 crores in setting up Corona Care Centres, procurement of ambulances, PPE kits and labs.
Under the Director of Health Services (DHS) Rs 82.4 crores was spent in procurement of machines like bipap machines, oxygen cylinders, digital IR thermometers, ply masks, gloves, and thermal scanners.
Under the Chief Minister Special Grant (CMSG) Rs 14.7 crores was spent on payment to stranded citizens, transportation, and provision of kits etc.
Under the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) Rs 7.4 crores was spent on procurement of ambulance, biomedical waste management vehicles etc.
Under the labour department Chief Minister’s Relief Against Wage Loss the government provided relief in the form of financial assistance to about 2 lakh people, and construction workers which amounted to Rs 51 crores.
SRWP (MLA Scheme) advance sanction of Rs 25 Lakh was given to each MLA to extend financial assistance to the respective constituency. The total amounts to Rs 15 crores.
Under PM CARES funds Ra 3.5 crores was spent for accommodation facilities, food, medical treatment and transportation.
Expenditure under District Mineral Fund (DMF) for screening points, and quarantine centres amounts to Rs 8.9 crores.
Under State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for creation of additional laboratories, testing kits, PPE kits, thermal scanners, setting up of containment zones, Rs 23.7 crores was spent.
Under Urban Affairs dept sanitization was carried out in different places within urban areas it amounted to Rs 3.5 crores.
Accumulating all of the above expenses is equal to Rs 399 crores.
Tynsong also informed that so far the state government has cleared different bills a total of Rs 251 crores and a remaining of Rs 141 crore is still left to clear.
Tynsong added that the total assistance received from the Government of India is Rs 48 crore.
The cleared bills of Rs 251 are from the following:
NHM- 92.7 Crore
Dhs – 44.2 Crore
CMSG – 6.4 crore
CMRF – 7.4 crore
Relief Against Wage Loss- Crores – 51 crores
MLA scheme- 15 crores
PMCARES- 3 .5 crores
SDRF- 23.7 crores
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