The Delhi authorities’s proposal to the Centre, as a part of getting a share of the central part of the Rs 23,000 crore Covid-19 Emergency Response and Well being System Preparedness Package deal (ECRP-2), has cited “zero” requirement of latest testing kits, establishing new testing labs, organising new pediatric oxygen/ICU beds or Liquid Oxygen storage tanks. The ECRP-2 has been drawn up for preparations forward of a potential their wave.
Delhi had confronted a severe scarcity of beds and oxygen within the second wave of the Covid pandemic. The ECRP-2 was introduced in Parliament final month with a Rs 23,000 crore outlay and the Centre stated it will foot 60% of the fee, Rs 14,774 crore, whereas the states would pitch in with 40% of the outlay.
States had been requested to ship of their proposals as per central pointers on the place they’d spend the central fund. Primarily based on these proposals, the Centre authorised Rs 14,774 crore on Friday and has launched 50% of that quantity to all states.
As per the detailed proposal of all states, that has been accessed by News18, no extra requirement of even a single unit has been cited by Delhi for any new testing kits, labs, pediatric beds, ICU beds, Liquid Oxygen storage tanks or personnel engaged in Covid administration. It’s not clear if Delhi has determined to acquire such objects from its 40% part of ECRP-2 or it has made enough preparations already. Delhi has been authorised an quantity of Rs 50.34 crore out of the entire central share of Rs 14,774 crore below ECRP-2, whereas Punjab was authorised Rs 138 crore.
Most different states and UTs have cited necessities below these heads like Uttar Pradesh sought 7.4 crore new testing kits, 30 new testing labs, 1,240 ambulances, practically 4,700 pediatric ICU/Oxygen beds and 4000 ICU beds. Maharashtra, for instance, has sought 200 Liquid Oxygen storage tanks.
Even small UTs like Chandigarh cited a requirement of 1.5 lakh testing kits and about 180 new beds, whereas Andaman and Nicobar Islands cited requirement of six lakh new testing kits, two new testing labs and 75 beds.
Total, all states collectively have sought 34 crore new testing kits, about 30,000 new pediatric beds and 961 Oxygen storage tanks.
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