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Rs 52 cr from mineral fund to be used for COVID-19 hospital

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Panaji

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday informed that the state government has decided to utilise Rs 52 crore from its district mineral fund for COVID-19 hospital and to provide other related medical facilities.

Briefing media at his official residence, Sawant said that the state has Rs 180 crore in the district mineral fund, which was collected from the mining activity. He said around 30 per cent of the fund will be utilised for the COVID-19 hospital and other related facilities.

The Chief Minister said that the central government has already permitted the state governments to utilise the fund for fighting coronavirus.

He further said that the condition of all the five COVID-19 positive patients is stable. “Pathology lab testing facility for samples collected from suspected coronavirus patients at Goa Medical College and Hospital has started functioning from Monday onwards. We will be able to get the testing done in the state itself,” he said.

Sawant said that he had spoken to his counterpart in Karnataka requesting him to allow trucks carrying essentials from that state to enter Goa, for which he has agreed.

The Chief Minister also said that there has been a shortage of medicines in some parts of the state due to which the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has asked the wholesalers to release stock to retailers.

He said that the Goa State Horticulture Corporation, through its 1,200-odd outlets, has distributed 268 tonne of vegetables on Monday.

Sawant said that around 80 per cent of the government employees will be on field by Tuesday. He said that they have been given different responsibilities of monitoring during the lockdown.

When brought to his notice that distribution of the essential commodities was not done in a transparent manner by some panchayat members, who made available the essentials only to their supporters, the Chief Minister said that the government has given responsibilities to the elected representatives and they should not do such ‘politics’ when all have to fight coronavirus unitedly.

Sawant said that he has personally spoken to many officers and asked them to urge the house owners to keep back the migrants, who are residing in rented rooms.

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