New guidelines should be brought to allow use of MLA LAD fund in enhancing health infrastructure at various health facilities in rural areas in the wake of sharp rise in Covid cases, they urged.
In the letter, the MLAs mentioned that more people in rural areas of Odisha have been infected with Covid 19 in the second wave compared to the first one. Weak health infrastructure at SDHs, CHCs, PHCs and Health Sub-Centres has contributed to the situation.
Mentioning that the State Government has allowed use of MLA LAD fund up to Rs 50 lakh in distribution of masks in each Assembly constituency and PSUs, corporates, NGOs, Banks and various industrial organisations are also purchasing and distributing masks, the MLAs argued that there is a need of use of MLA LAD fund in strengthening health infrastructure in rural areas for providing sustainable health service to the people.
They urged the Chief Minister to add new guidelines to for use of MLA LAD funds in creation of Covid isolation room, providing oxygen and ventilator-fitted beds, availing oxygen and ventilator-fitted ambulance for Covid patients at SDHs, CHCs, PHCs and Health Sub-Centres, purchase of various medical equipment/kit required for Covid diagnosis and management and establishment of oxygen plants at SDH/CHC level.
Stating that the BJP is committed to combating Covid jointly with the Government, the MLAs urged the Chief Minister to include their suggestions in the MLA LAD guidelines and bring out an amended circular/guideline at the earliest.
They also wrote to Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro urging for fulfilment of the same demands.
MLAs Mohan Charan Majhi, Lalitendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra, Mukesh Mahaling, Bhabani Shankar Bhoi, Shankar Oram, Dr Budhan Murmu, Nauri Nayak, Subash Chandra Panigrahi, Kusum Tete and Naba Charan Majhi undersigned the letter.