GUWAHATI: The Assam government has received financial assistance of over Rs 262 crore from the Centre
for management of Covid-19 pandemic and rolling out the vaccination drive, state Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Friday. Presenting the ‘Vote on Account Budget for 2021-22’, Sarma said the government allocated an additional Rs 760 crore for prevention and management of the pandemic to the general budget grant of Rs 6,126 crore to the Health Department
in the ongoing fiscal.
“To finance our fight against Covid-19, we received a grant of Rs 72.73 crore for 2019-20 from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. In addition, we received Rs 182 crore recently for 2020-21 for Covid-19 management,” he added.
For the rollout of the first phase of the vaccination programme for the frontline workers, the Centre has provided a grant of Rs 2.46 crore to Assam, Sarma said in his speech.
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