Gautam Buddh Nagar MLAs step up with Rs 1 cr funds to tackle COVID situation

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Noida (UP), Apr 27 (PTI) In Gautam Buddh Nagar, Noida MLA Pankaj Singh and Dadri MLA Tejpal Nagar on Tuesday offered Rs 50 lakh each from their MLA funds to help the district tide through the COVID-19 situation, officials said.

Members of Legislative Assembly in the country are allocated funds in the state budget every year under the Local Area Development (LAD) fund head for carrying out development works in their constituencies.

While Singh has contributed the money to the Uttar Pradesh COVID care fund, Nagar has extended it for setting up an oxygen plant in his constituency Dadri, Gautam Buddh Nagar District Information Officer Rakesh Singh Chauhan said.

'The Noida MLA has written to the District's Chief Development Officer with his request to release the Rs 50 lakh funds from his MLA funds and contribute it to the UP COVID care fund. The Dadri MLA has made the same request to the CDO for setting up an oxygen plant in his constituency,' Chauhan said. The oxygen plant would be used to supply oxygen to private and COVID-19 hospitals in the district, he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Jewar MLA Dhirendra Singh, who is currently isolated at home since testing COVID-19 positive, told PTI he would pitch in with his official funds in the next few days once he tests negative for the virus.

The Jewar MLA, while in isolation, has been active on social media where he and his team are facilitating people who are in need for hospital beds, or oxygen or medicines in the ongoing deadly second wave of COVID-19.

'We have created a Google document which is used by people to provide the details and requirement of their COVID-19 patient. We collate the information and send it to district administration. We are not breaking or bypassing the system of resource allocation but helping people by taking their requests to the administration expeditiously,' Singh said.

The Jewar MLA has earlier also batted for people raising voice on social media for the poor who are not using internet and need help and support during the ongoing pandemic, assuring to facilitate the needy ones.

In Gautam Buddh Nagar, adjoining Delhi in western Uttar Pradesh, the district administration has launched a dedicated helpline number – 1800419211- for allocating hospitals beds and addressing other COVID-19 related queries of the people.

Amid a rise in cases in the recent weeks, several people have claimed unavailability of hospitals beds and life-saving drugs while hospitals have raised alarm over shortage of oxygen.

Administration officials, however, have maintained no shortage of hospital beds, and medicines in the district while claiming to be 'managing' the oxygen situation. PTI KIS KJ KJ