- Apart from the financial help, Gujarat has also received testing equipment, reagents, PPE kits, N95 masks, HCQ & ventilators from the Union government
- The information was made available by the Centre in Rajya Sabha in response to a question raised by MP Parimal Nathwani
Gujarat has received Rs 170.79 crore from the Union government under the COVID-19 package and an additional Rs 85 crore is due.
The Central government has released a total of Rs 3,000 crore in Phase-1 and Rs 1,256.81 crore in Phase-2 to the states and Union Territories under the COVID-19 package. Gujarat’s allocation was Rs 85.79 crore in Phase-I and Rs 170 crore in Phase-II.
The entire amount of Phase-1 has been released and Rs 85 crore from Phase-II has also been released by the Centre.
Parimal Nathwani sought data from Centre
These details were provided by the minister of state for health and family welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey in Rajya Sabha on September 20, 2020, while replying to a written question raised by MP Parimal Nathwani.
Parimal Nathwani wanted to know about the steps taken and assistance, including financial help, extended by the Central Government to help the states to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly with regard to Gujarat.
Centre also provided testing kits, masks
Moreover, the Centre has also provided machines worth Rs 3.99 crore. It includes six CFX-96 Touch Real-Time PCR Detection System costing Rs 89.20 lakh, one CFX96-IVD Real-Time PCR System costing Rs 15.22 lakh and seven Automated RNA Extraction machines costing Rs 2.95 crore.
Gujarat has also received 3,49,016 RNA kits worth Rs 3.88 crore from the Centre as of September 11 as well as 4 lakh VTMs of Rs 4.82 crore and 7,12,767 RT-PCR kits costing Rs 40.90 crore. The Centre has distributed 21.02 lakh N95 masks to Gujarat as of September 18, as well as 9.78 lakh PPE kits, 28.5 lakh HCQ tablets and 2,500 ventilators.
According to the minister, the central government has taken a series of actions to support states for responding to COVID-19 and remain prepared for future pandemics.
A package of Rs 15,000 crores under “India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package” has been approved by the Cabinet on April 22 with an objective to prevent, detect and respond to the threat posed by COVID-19 and strengthen national systems for public health preparedness, the minister said.
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