Odisha Govt Requests Centre To Release Rs 300 Cr For Covid Management

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government has reactivated the State machinery to tackle the latest surge in Covid cases, especially in districts bordering some States with high incidence of the virus, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said today.

On the sidelines of the meeting of Chief Ministers with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Naveen said, “We thank the Union Government for allowing the States, under SDRF guidelines, to spend up to 50% of the annual allocation for Covid-related activities during 2020-21. The same guidelines may be continued for the year 2021-22 as well.”

During 2020-21, Odisha had requested for Rs 400 crore under Emergency Covid Response Plan (ECRP), but received Rs 146 crore. In view of the new wave of Covid, the CM requested that at least Rs 300 crore be released to Odisha for 2021-22 for Covid Management.

“Odisha has been doing well in vaccination program with among the lowest wastage in the country and efficient system of administering the vaccine to eligible persons. We have not been able to ramp up the vaccination due to supply issues. We are currently able to vaccinate 2.5 lakh persons per day and have capability to increase further. We request that at least 10 days stock of the vaccines is ensured for Odisha,” Naveen added.

“The entire country has to put up a united front against this pandemic and we will continue to provide support in this fight,” he concluded.