LUCKNOW, March 27 -- Three days after the Centre allowed use of the MP's local area development (MPLAD) fund for fighting Covid-19, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh also accepted the growing demand for lawmakers to allow use of the MLAs' Local Area Development fund (Vidhayak Nidhi) in the fight against the virus.

The state's rural development department issued an order that now allows one-time use of the fund available for lawmakers for the purchase of face masks, sanitisers, infra-red thermometers (non-contact), hazmat suits and protection kits, thermal imaging scanners, besides other health care essentials prescribed by the ministry of health and family welfare for use in fighting Covid-19.

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