Dimapur, February 10: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh has said that adequate funds were made available to the NE region to fight COVID-19.
In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today, Dr Jitendra Singh informed that Ministry of Health & Family Welfare released Rs 111.34 crore to the North Eastern States during 2019-20, which includes Rs 72.53 crore for Assam under National Health Mission towards management and containment of COVID-19 pandemic.
Further, during FY 2020-21, Rs 265.96 crore was released to the NE States, which includes Rs 180.04 crore for Assam under the India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package.
In addition, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region under North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS) has sanctioned five projects worth Rs 193.32 crore in the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland for strengthening health infrastructure to contain pandemic COVID-19.Against these projects, Rs 77.33 crore have been released by the Ministry to the State Governments.
Further, during 2020-21 North Eastern Council (NEC) sanctioned Rs 25.29 crore to help eight states of North Eastern Region (NER) for fighting COVID-19 pandemic.NEC also sanctioned Rs 24.96 crore toward livelihood generation for returned migrant workers of NER due to the pandemic.
Projects sanctioned for strengthening health infrastructure of NE States for fighting pandemic COVID-19 are at various stages of implementation, he said. The utilization certificates against the funds released by the Ministry of DoNER are not yet due. (Page News Service)