Shillong, May 21: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, on Thursday, informed that the total state resources, tax and non-tax, collected in the month of April dropped by Rs 131.21 crore compared to last year due to COVID-19 pandemic.
He informed that the state collected only Rs 76.40 crores in revenue in the month of April, while, during the same month last year, the state generated Rs 207.61 crores.
He also revealed that although the budgetary estimate to be released from the central government as monthly tax devolution for the state was Rs 428 crore, the state received only Rs 352 crore in April.
“Given the uncertainty around COVID, the Government is being prudent in managing its finances, as committed expenditures including on salaries, pensions and interest payments will have to be incurred,” he said.
He stated that the decision to impose partial deferment of salaries of government employees and government funded institutions for April and May was taken to stabilise the fiscal situation caused by the pandemic.
Further, he stated that a total of Rs 115.10 crores was spent by the state government to tackle COVID-19 related problems.
The Chief Minister, in his reply to a zero-hour notice moved by Congress MLA P.T Sawkmie, said that post the pandemic, a total of Rs 57.98 crore had been sanctioned by the State government to the Health and Family Welfare Department, out of which Rs 45.85 crore is from State resources and Rs 12.13 crore from Central Resources.
However, in order to deal with the pandemic, the government revealed that it spent Rs 38.11 crore to credit Rs 3,000 to 24,516 registered building and construction workers and Rs 2,100 to 1,81,491 unregistered workers under the Chief Minister’s Relief Against Wage Loss Scheme.
Sangma informed that Rs 2.77 crore was spent to provide relief of Rs 3,000 to 9,224 stranded persons. “Additionally provision Kits providing 2-weeks rations and other essentials to individuals and households under quarantine have been supplied to about 10,000 households in the State costing approximately Rs 2 Crore,” he said.
He also informed that 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.
“Therefore, a total of Rs. 69.25 Cr is being spent from the State resources under various relief measures related to COVID-19. Combined with the Rs 45.85 crore spent on health expenditure, the total expenditure made by the State due to COVID-19 comes to Rs 115.10 Crore,” he said.