Dimapur, March 22 (NE): The Central Government releases Rupees Six crore Eleven lakhs Fifty thousand (6.115 crore), pending instalment of the grants to Nagaland state government under the 14th Finance Commission for urban local bodies on Saturday, March 21, 2020, as per a notification from the Union Finance Minister, Smti. Nirmala Sitharaman.
In order to ensure that the basic services provided by local bodies are not affected at this time when the state is putting all effort to combat Covid-19, the Centre has released the pending instalment of the grants to States under the 14th Finance Commission that had been withheld as local elections had not been held, said the notification.
Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, now the local bodies have to especially focus on providing basic civic services and ensure cleanliness. The amounts to Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Odisha, Tamil Nadu have been released for urban and rural local bodies wherever applicable, it added.
The total amount released on Wednesday is Rs 2,570.0813 crore, out of which Rs 940.8063 crore for rural local bodies and Rs 1,629.275 crore for urban local bodies.
Along with other five states, Nagaland Government received Rs. 6.115 crore which is the first instalment for the year 2015 – 16 for urban local bodies. The amounts have already been credited to the accounts of the respective State governments, said the notification from the Finance Minister.