Funds released to NE states to combat COVID

Spl. Correspondent NEW DELHI, SEP 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/16/2020 12:11:53 PM IST

North Eastern Council (NEC) released an amount of Rs.25.29 crore to all the North Eastern States to assist in combating the pandemic COVID-19 and as well as to provide relief to the stranded youths/people of NER during the time of lockdown, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr. Jitendra Singh said Wednesday.

In a written reply in Lok Sabha, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the Centre has taken several measures to support the North Eastern state governments during the pandemic. As part of the COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package, he said the funds have been released to aid and enable the States to ramp up testing facilities, augment hospital infrastructure, conduct surveillance activities along with procurement of essential equipment, drugs and other supplies. The packages like Special and Comprehensive packages, Atmanirbhar package, and relief measures under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan, relief measures for MSMEs and NBFCs, increased allocation under MGNREGS, interest subvention for MUDRA loans and revamp of Viability Gap Funding scheme for social infrastructure, etc. will benefit all the North Eastern States, including Assam.

Further, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region under its North East Special Infrastructure Development (NESID) Scheme has sanctioned five projects costing Rs.193.32 crore for Strengthening Health Infrastructure for fighting COVID 19 in the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland. 

So far, an amount of Rs.77.33 crore has been released to the State Governments for implementation of these projects. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has also released an amount of Rs. 303.40 crore to North Eastern States for various activities under the Health Sector including for measures to fight corona pandemic.


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