The Covid19 stimulus packages released will be implemented in 3Phases- from January 2020 to June 2020, July 2020 to March 2021 and April 2021 to March 2024
On Wednesday, the central government sanctioned the Covid19 relief package to invigorate the national and state health systems in a fight to control the spread of coronavirus. These funds will be partite amongst all the States and UT’s.
The press statement said the proceeds of Rs 7774 crore will be utilized in the immediate COVID19 Emergency Response and remaining have resorted in short medium-term (1-4years) under the mission mode approach.
The development of committed Covid19 hospitals, Intensive Care Unit (ICUs), essential medical equipment, drugs vital for the treatment of infected patients, preventing through strengthening and enduring the National and State health systems and preparedness for future outbreak diseases, shore up surveillance activities and setting up laboratories, biosecurity preparedness, and pandemic research were the key objectives, read the document.
Implementation of this “COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package” will take place in three phases, from January 2020 to June 2020, from July 2020 to March 2021 and from April 2021 to March 2024.
The list under the first phase also included disinfecting hospitals and government ambulances, as well as get hold of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and N-95 facial masks.
Last previous week, how the spread break at a large scale and a spike in infected cases rose, several states were scrambling to get the funds to fight against the virus.
A total of 5700 infected cases was reported, out of which Maharashtra crossed the 1,000 marks including 72 deaths, Tamil Nadu recorded 738 cases, eight deaths and Delhi saw the surge to 669 cases with nine deaths are the worst-hit areas, so far.
As the tax revenues and reserves dry up, states have appealed to the centre for funds transfer and demanding an increase in borrowing limit after the arduous step of slashing salaries. Few of the state governments like Delhi have opted to pay just salaries cutting all the miscellaneous expenditure. States like Telangana (427 cases, seven deaths) and Andhra Pradesh (348 cases, four deaths) have even started deferring portions of salaries of some, including the Chief Minister.
For the coming year, centre even explicitly decided to slash the salaries by 30 percent of MPs, union ministers with starting from Prime Minister.
Earlier this month, centre allowed states to take a dive in their respective disaster response funds (SDRF). This week Union Home Ministry approved to take Rs 11,092 crores from State Disaster Risk Management Fund. The central government in the dominant step to fight against coronavirus decided to suspend, for two years, the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Fund (MP-LAD), which allocates 5 crores to each MP for their respected constituencies.
Congress MP Karti Chidambaram criticized this decision and quoted this as “absolutely unacceptable”.
Laboratories including government and private which count to a total of 223 labs are rigorously conducting the screening process. The union health ministry has already disbursed Rs 4113 crores to deal with emergency Coronavirus responses to all the states and UTs.
Meanwhile, with the largest aid provided to date, the Work Bak has approved $1billion emergency funds for India. The funds, the financial agency said, should be used to “support better screening, contact tracing, and laboratory diagnostics” among other expenditures.