Centre on Tuesday clarified that it has launched 50 per cent of funds earmarked for States and Union Territories, and never 26.14 per cent as claimed in some media experiences.
The Centre additional added that the funds have been launched by August 24 and never in November, as claimed.
The Union Health Ministry, in a press launch, mentioned, “A information channel has just lately made a declare that the Union Government has solely disbursed 26.14 per cent of the Emergency COVID Response Plans-II (ECRP-II) funds to the states. The information channel additional claims that funds have been disbursed by the Centre by November 2021 and states have utilized 60 per cent of the authorized funds.”
“The information report is misinformed and claims are false, deceptive and primarily based on misrepresented information,” it added.
The Ministry additional knowledgeable that the Cabinet authorized the “India Covid-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Package – Phase-II” (ECRP-Phase-II) on July 8, 2021 for an quantity of Rs 23,123 crores (Central Share – Rs 15,000 Crore and State Share – Rs 8,123 Crore) to be applied from 1st July 2021 to thirty first March 2022. The scheme is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) with some Central Sector (CS) parts.
The scheme is aimed to forestall, detect and reply to the persevering with menace posed by COVID-19 and strengthen nationwide well being methods for emergency response and preparedness throughout the nation, mentioned the Ministry.
“Under the scheme, Rs 20,308.70 crores are to be spent by states out of which Rs 12,185.70 crore is to be supplied by the central authorities and Rs 8,123 crore is to be supplied by state governments,” the Ministry additional knowledgeable.
Highlighting the factual errors within the report of the information channel, the Ministry mentioned that versus claims out of the Rs 6075.85 crore made obtainable by the Union Government, Rs. 1679.05, crore, (i.e. 27.13 per cent), have been spent by States as on December 31, 2021, and never 60 per cent as claimed within the information report.
AS per the discharge, instantly after approval of the scheme, the Union Government launched 15 per cent of the central share to States/UTs on July 22, 2021 to allow them to rapidly undertake the preparatory actions for implementation of ECRP-II.
“The second instalment of funds was launched quickly after as advance to the States within the month of August 2021. A complete quantity of Rs 6075.85 Crore (50 per cent of central share) has already been launched to States/UTs by way of the National Health Mission (NHM) by August 24, 2021. State-wise central share launch and expenditure until date might be seen at Annexure I. So far, expenditure of Rs 1,679.05 Crore has been incurred by the 36 States/UTs under ECRP-II,” it added.
Further, the Ministry mentioned that the remaining funds will probably be launched to states primarily based on the progress and utilisation of at the very least 50 per cent of the funds already launched.
“So far, 5 states have reported expenditure of greater than 50 per cent,” they mentioned.
The launch additional learn: “Central Government is actively pursuing with states with speedy implementation of the ECRP-II package deal. Two conferences have been performed by Union Health Minister with State Health Minister, and Union Health Secretary has performed at the very least three conferences with State Health Secretaries. Both the bodily progress and expenditure are being monitored on the Union Health Ministry each day.
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