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Northeast India: Centre announces over Rs 1300 crore package for development of health infrastructure

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Under the Emergency Response & Health System Preparedness Package (ECRP) – II package, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced a Rs 1352.92 crore package for the development of health facilities in the North-Eastern states on Tuesday.

When was the announcement made?

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Mandaviya made the declaration on Sunday in Guwahati, Assam, during a review meeting on the COVID-19 pandemic and immunization with health ministers from the northeastern states.

The union health minister told reporters that the center is providing this funding to help improve health infrastructure at the district level to combat the pandemic based on population ratio.

“Funds will be utilized to speed up the vaccination drive in the region. The government of India is committed to providing enough vaccines to the state,” Mandaviya said. 

Also Read: Assam Chief Minister accuses Congress of border dispute at Northeast India, says ‘Congress did not want North East to remain united’

The cause of concern of the center

The high positive rate, which exceeds 10% in some northeastern states, has become a source of concern for the national government.

“In the last two weeks, the cases have started declining in the region and this is a good sign,” he said, assuring the states that the Central Government will continue to give all possible help to fight COVID-19. 

He has encouraged the governments of the Northeastern states to speed up the implementation of the ECRP-II package.

Attendees of the review meeting

The review meeting was attended by the health ministers of Assam, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Sikkim, as well as top officials from Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, and Tripura.

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