Nagaland Govt spent over Rs 24 crore relief for stranded citizens

Dimapur, July 6 (MExN): The State Government has disbursed over Rs 24.75 crore as relief fund for stranded citizens of Nagaland under the Chief Minister’s Special Package (CMSP) and One-Time Assistance Package.

Data provided by Nagaland Spokesperson for COVID-19, Mmhonlumo Kikon, on July 6 indicated that a total of 37,932 applicants were assisted through the two packages.

As per the data, a total of Rs 86,21,4000 was disbursed to 21,797 students, working people and patients stranded outside the state under CMSP.

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had announced the package for ‘distressed or stranded citizens’ outside Nagaland on April 20. The package included a sum of Rs 3,000 for stranded students staying outside, Rs 4,000 for stranded working persons or professionals and Rs 20,000 for patients outside Nagaland.

Out of the total applicants, 78.13% or 17,032 of those who applied were working people while 20.83% or 4,542 comprised of students. 223 patients also availed the special package.

For the One-Time Assistance package which was announced on May 13, a total of 16,135 applicants have received Rs 10,000 from the state government.

The government’s expenditure for this package was Rs 16,13,50,000 as per official data.