To combat COVID19, several Assam MPs have come forward to donate and recommend funds from their Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS).
The MPs from Assam have submitted recommendation letters to release huge amounts of funds from the MPLADS following the issuance of a circular by the Union ministry of statistics and programme implementation.
Through the circular No E-4/2020-MPLADS (Pt) issued on March 24, the Union ministry urged the MPs to recommend funds from MPLADS for purchase of testing, screening and other facilities in view of the COVID19.
In a recommendation letter to the deputy commissioner of Nagaon, Kaliabor MP Gaurav Gogoi has given consent to release Rs 1 crore from his MPLADS for provision of health infrastructure for COVID19 management.
Rajya Sabha MP Kamakhya Prasada Tasa has donated his one month’s salary towards Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) to fight COVID19.
In a letter on Monday, Tasa asked the manager of SBI Parliament House Branch to debit an amount of Rs 1 lakh from his bank account to credit the same to the PMNRF.
He has also consented to release Rs 50 lakh from his MPLADS fund for the measures taken for the prevention of COVID19.
Guwahati Lok Sabha MP Queen Oja has also donated her one month’s salary to the PM’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) to fight COVID19.
She has also asked the manager of SBI, Parliament House Branch to debit Rs 1 lakh from her account and debit the same to the PMNRF.
She also consented to release Rs 1 crore from her MPLADS fund for the measures taken for prevention of COVID19.
Rajya Sabha MP and Assam Congress president Ripun Bora has also consented to release Rs 1 crore from his MPLADS fund for the purchase of ventilators and other medical equipment or infrastructure for ‘temporary hospital’ to fight COVID19.
On Sunday, Bora handed over a cheque of Rs.1 lakh, which is his one-month salary, as a donation to the resident commissioner of Assam Government at New Delhi, to fight coronavirus (COVID19).
His wife and former Gohpur MLA Monika Bora also handed over a cheque of Rs 40 lakh, which is her one-month pension, as a donation to the resident commissioner of the Assam government in New Delhi, to fight COVID19.