Meghalaya spends Rs. 399 crore till Sep 30 to fight COVID-19

SHILLONG, Oct 6: Meghalaya spent a total of Rs. 399 crore to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, since March till September 30, it was informed. 

Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong informed that under the National Health Mission (NHM), to meet the expenditures in the corona centers, procurement of PPEs, ambulances, lab and surveillances and other facilities a total of Rs. 188.9 crore was spent. 

Under the Director of Health Services a total of Rs. 82.4 crore was spent for procurement of machines, oxygen cylinders, BP monitors, ventilators, surgical gloves, thermal scanners and others items, Tynsong informed. 

The Deputy Chief Minister also informed that under the Chief Minister Special Grant – which included payment to stranded citizens of the state, bringing them back and provision for kits amounted to Rs. 14.7 crore. 

Under the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund – ambulances, bio-medical waste vans and charges for quarantine centers amounts to Rs. 7.4 crore. 

Tynsong also informed that the Labour Department under the Chief Minister Relief Against Wage Loss scheme to around two lakh people of the state and for registered workers under the Construction and Other Building Workers Act spent Rs. 51 crore. 

He also informed that under the SRWP or the MLA scheme advance sanction were released to 60 legislators for providing assistance to citizens in the respective constituencies financial assistance of Rs. 15 crore were spent. 

Tynsong also informed that under PM-CARE a total of Rs. 3.5 crore was spent. 

Under the District Mineral Fund, an amount of Rs. 8.9 crore was spent for relief grants, screening point and other facilities. 

Also under the SDRF, Rs. 23.7 crore was spent for additional testing labs, consumable testing kits, setting up of containment zones and other facilities. 

Also Rs. 3.5 crore was spent by the Urban Affairs Department for sanitisation work in areas under it’s jurisdiction. 

Tynsong informed, “So far the state government has cleared bills of Rs. 251 crores.”

He also said that the state received an amount of Rs. 48 crore from the centre to fight the pandemic. 

“The expenditure will be reflected in the annual report of the CAG,” Tynsong informed.