In the name of the pandemic, the finance department hs declined allegations of misappropriation of funds mobilized through pro-rata cuts, and expenditure was accounted under various heads.
As per the data, the State government had spent around Rs.245.44 cr (Rs.180.88 cr during 2020-21 and Rs.64.56 crore during 2021-22 )for COVID-related activities, etc.
Department of Finance clarification came against the backdrop of allegations made by oppositions made by the opposition parties who questioned the government over the fundraised for the pandemic and how they were expended.
The department explained that pro-rata cuts in 2021-22 were effected to provide free vaccines to all, as decided by the state cabinet, and claimed that expenses on COVID-19 were still continuing. The department said details of expenditure from CM’s Relief Fund were available on the website.
The state government decided to use 25% of LADP funds to fight the pandemic in 2021-22, which will include 15% common Pool Fund and an additional 10% from normal funds without touching the iconic projects. These funds would be kept with the respective DPDBs for a fight amid pandemics in the respective districts,.The department said the break-up of items of expenditure could be obtained from the departments concerned, in case of necessity.
It may be recalled that the NPF Legislature Party spokespersons, Imkong L.Imchen, with regards to COVID 19, had demanded to know as to how much fund was needed by the state and how much it has so far spent and for what purposes.
Also demanded to know which areas were funds allotted and how much of the 20% pro-rata cut was utilized and what was the “urgent necessity” for the so-called expert panel which only added to the financial burden of the state.