Few lapses, but overall govt action plan for COVID-19 pandemic commendable: Estimates Committee Chairperson

Shillong, July 10: Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Committee on Estimates, on Friday, summoned the Departments of Health, Finance, Food & Civil Supplies and Labour to discuss the state government’s preparedness in dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Following the meeting, Estimates Committee Chairperson Thomas A. Sangma told media person that the Committee is pleased with the action plan of the four departments for COVID-19 and Post-COVID situation.

Sangma stated that the action plans are ‘very impressive’ and added, “The government is doing an impressive task of containing COVID-19.”

He added the committee is concerned about the financial impact of the Pandemic. “Our objective for calling the meeting is to understand and know if the people of the state benefited from all the plans or activities related to controlling the situation,” he said.

However, Sangma mentioned there were certain lapses in the distribution of food supplies under schemes like the Atma Nirbhar Bharat Scheme. He stated that a lot of people have not been able to avail the benefits due to some criteria or because they could not be identified.

The Chairperson stated that the departments will have to take more active measures in this regard.

On other issues, he stated that the state government is ‘very proactive’, and that their efforts have been commendable.  

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