A second fiscal package of Rs 890.32 crores from the Centre for the pandemic

The package covers 20 states including Assam and two union territories

The Centre has released Rs 890.32 crore by way of the COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness package for 22 states and union territories that includes Assam. The first installment was Rs 15,000 crores. The second package that was released last week includes the states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Sikkim. The aid will be used to strengthen public health infrastructure for testing, including procurement and installation of RT-PCR machines, RNA extraction kits and TrueNat and CB-NAAT machines. The money also envisages bolstering infrastructure for treatment, development of ICU beds, installation of oxygen generators and procurement of bedside oxygen concentrators among other things according to the Central Health Ministry.

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