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The government has already spent about Rs 10 billion on coronavirus prevention and control. But many are questioning where the Rs 10 billion was spent.

They are looking for an account of the amount of Rs 10 billion saying that it is a lot but the government has not spent that amount. Just two days ago, Chief Minister of Province No. 2 Lal Babu Raut had accused the federal government of not providing budget to the state and local levels for corona control.

However, the federal government has stated that the budget has been sent to the state government and local level and the budget has not been spent.

According to Narayan Bidari, Member Secretary of the Novel Corona Disease Prevention and Control High Level Coordinating Committee and Secretary to the Prime Minister's Office, a total of Rs 9.87 billion has been spent on corona disease control and prevention at various levels. Out of which, the federal government has spent Rs 6.3 billion, the state government Rs 1.8 billion and the local level Rs 2.76 billion.

Including kits, machines and PPE, it went up to Rs 6.3 billion

According to Bidari, member secretary of the committee, the federal government has already spent Rs 6.3 billion for the prevention and control of corona disease.

Most of the Rs 6.3 billion spent by the federal government has been spent on medicines and pharmaceutical equipment. Asked on which titles it was spent, Bidari said, "Most of the money spent by the federal government has been spent on medicines and pharmaceutical equipment." That means PCR machine, kit, RDT kit, PPE, protective glasses, boots,gloves, etc. are all expenses. Apart from that, medicines bought from India are also included in it.

The cost of those rescued from China was also added

Secretary Bidari said that the expenses of 175 students rescued by the federal government from China were also included here. He said, "This expenditure includes the expenses of 175 students brought from Wuhan, China." These include airfare, quarantine meals and accommodation, and other expenses.

The federal government also bears the cost of transporting the army and building infrastructure

Costs with the federal government's control and prevention of coronary heart disease include the cost of building infrastructure and the cost of military flights to transport medicine and pharmaceutical equipment. Secretary Bidari said, "Some of the Rs 6.3 billion spent by the federal government has been spent on infrastructure construction and transportation of medical equipment." Helicopters of the Nepal Army have been used to deliver medical equipment to various districts and states.

Its expenditure is also included in this expenditure while the expenditure incurred on construction of other infrastructure is also included in this expenditure. Adding all these expenses, the federal government has spent Rs 6.3 billion.

2 billion 760 million at the local level, 124 local level details did not come

The local level has also spent Rs 2.76 billion for the prevention and control of corona disease. Out of 753 local levels, 629 local levels have sent the details of their expenditure to the Corona Prevention and Control High Level Coordinating Committee.

Out of the Rs 4 billion federal budget sent by the federal government for various local levels, the local levels have spent Rs 2.76 billion. Secretary Bidari said that the amount spent will increase as only 629 local level details have been received so far.

3.84 billion in relief and quarantine

Apart from the federal government, most of the expenditure incurred by the state government and the local level was spent on relief and quarantine construction, said Bidari, who is also the secretary to the Prime Minister's Office. He said that despite the federal government's budget being spent on medicines and pharmaceutical equipment, most of the expenditure incurred by the state government and local level has been spent on relief distribution and quarantine construction.

Of the Rs 1.8 billion spent by the state government and Rs 2.76 billion at the local level, some were spent on construction of general infrastructure in some places, but most of it was spent on relief distribution and quarantine.

Asked if the relief was also a cost of corona prevention, Secretary Bidari said: The quarantine is still clearly done for control. Therefore, it should be understood that both these expenses are for the prevention of corona. 

The state has spent Rs 1.08 billion

The state government has also spent Rs 1.08 billion for the prevention and control of corona disease. Apart from the internal budget of the state government, the federal government has released Rs 2 billion for the prevention of corona, said Secretary Bidari. The federal government had sent Rs 2 billion to the various states from the federal budget. Out of which, Rs. 1.8 billion has been spent by the state governments. Despite sending Rs 2 billion, they have not been able to spend even the budget given by the state government.

Expenses of NGOs, INGOs and development partners were not included

Secretary Bidari said that the expenditure of Rs 9.87 billion so far for the control and prevention of corona disease did not include the expenditure incurred by NGOs, INGOs and development partners working in Nepal. He said that relief was distributed by various organizations in different places but the details were not available.

2.32 billion in the Corona Fund

Secretary Bidari said that Rs 2.32 billion has been deposited in the Corona Virus Infection Prevention, Control and Treatment Fund set up by the government so far. However, he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat President Conte's government. Out of the amount in the fund, Rs 1.20 billion has been disbursed and the rest is in the fund's account, he said. Apart from the Rs 1.20 billion spent from the Corona Fund, the other amount was spent from the federal government's budgetary system, said Secretary Bidari.

Still asking for help

Secretary to the Prime Minister's Office Narayan Bidari, who is also a member secretary of the committee, thanked those who have contributed to the fund so far and urged them to continue their support. "Everyone who contributed to the fund is important and it has helped a lot in controlling the corona," he said. I would like to thank all those who have contributed to the Corona Fund and the amount is still being added daily. I urge you to help even more. '