Kohima, June 16 (NE): Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Monday said that the government has spent Rs. 127.11 crore to fight COVID-19 pandemic in the State so far.
Out of the total amount of Rs. 127.11 crore spent so far, Rs. 24.75 crore was received from the Central government, while Rs. 99.42 Crore has been spent from State’s own resources and an amount of Rs. 2.95 crore from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, said CM Rio while addressing a press conference at Kohima on Monday, June 15, 2020.
As the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the state is nearing 200, CM Rio said, the fight against the pandemic has just begun. With the rising instances of positive cases in the state, the government will have to invest more in health infrastructure and related activities to ensure that the spread of the pandemic is contained to the quarantine and isolation facilities.
CM also informed that the salary expenditure on account of the new recruitment posts of 53 doctors and 143 nurses is estimated at 11.07 Crore rupees annually.
Chief Minister said that the estimated collection for the financial year 2020-21 is Rs. 37.25 crore. The collection so far are a fraction of what the state has already spent without budgetary support. The coming months will continue to see significant expenditure in the transportation of returnees, their feeding expenses, purchase of medicines and equipments, cost of the BSL labs and others, Rio added.
Rio further added that the state government through the labour department has extended assistance to 19,046 construction workers from Cess Fund by depositing 2000 rupees each through direct transfer to their bank accounts, a total amount of 3.80 Crore rupees.
The Nagaland government has collected an amount of Rs. 3.6 crore from COVID-19 cess in the last two months. State government has earlier imposed COVID cess on petroleum products of Rs. 5 per litre on diesel and Rs. 6 per litre on petrol.
Out of the Rs. 3.6 crore COVID-19 cess collected, Rs. 0.24 crore was collected in the month of April and Rs. 3.36 Crore rupees in May this year, he added.
Further, Chief Minister also said that, we have to take measures to tap all possible resources so that the state does not face a financial collapse.