COVID-19: NEC Sanction Rs 3 crore to Meghalaya

Shillong, Apr 3: North Eastern Council (NEC) on Friday sanctioned Rs 3 Crore to the Government of Meghalaya as assistance in tackling COVID-19 outbreak. It was revealed that this release is in the nature of an “untied fund”, which can be utilized as gap funding on activities relating to COVID-19 Pandemic, not covered under existing Central packages.

The fund was initiated during a meeting held by Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), on March 27, wherein it was decided that DoNER/NEC will provide support of Rs. 25 Crore to the North Eastern States in support of their efforts to fight the outbreak.

In the meeting Dr Jitendra Singh shared that concerted efforts are being undertaken and that all efforts will be made to ensure that the North East States are supported in this hour of need, particularly related to medical needs and essential commodities.

According to the statement released by NEC, the flexibility of untied funds would enable the State to respond effectively in a timely manner as per the situation on the ground. This release would be in addition to the funds otherwise allocated by the Ministry of DoNER/NEC to the State of Meghalaya under existing schemes.

The statement further added that, the present primary focus of both Central and State Government is to effectively deal with the serious threat posed by COVID-19 and ensure that it is brought under control with the active participation of the whole Society.

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