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Money will be allocated from `2,700 crore of District Mineral Fund Trust to fund the cost of vaccination & `600 crore will be diverted from the MLA Fund: Gehlot
Jaipur: With the announcement of free vaccination for those above 18 years of age, the government has started reeling under revenue shortage and is now forced to increase spending on the medical sector.
As prices of vaccination are reduced, the government now needs Rs 2,300 crore as compared to earlier budget of Rs 3,000 crore. The government has now started restructuring the budget for this.
CM Ashok Gehlot has said that money will be incurred from Rs 2,700 crore of District Mineral Fund Trust (DMFT) to fund the cost of vaccination. Rs 600 crore will be diverted from the MLA Fund.
The government is also looking for the possibility of cuts in the budget of development schemes and details of the same are being prepared.
The financial situation of the government and restructuring of the budget has been discussed at the level of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
The Finance Department is preparing the details of such schemes and programmes, where the money can be stopped at the moment. Some centrally promoted schemes may also have an impact on budget cuts.
According to rough estimates, the funds of schemes of many departments can be cut by up to 30 per cent.
Apart from vaccination, the expenditure on social security schemes will increase continuously in the Corona period, which will also be compensated by this deduction.