New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday authorized the release of Rs 11,092 crore to all states under the State Disaster Risk Management Fund (SDRMF) for organizing quarantine services and arranging different services for dealing with the outbreak of coronavirus.
The Home Ministry stated the fund has been authorized following the reassurance given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to chief ministers throughout his video convention on Thursday.
The home minister has authorized the release of Rs 11,092 crore under SDRMF to all states, a ministry statement said. The Centre has launched upfront its share of the primary installment of SDRMF for 2020-21 amounting to Rs 11,092 crore with a view to reinforce funds out there with the state governments.
These states are Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttarakhand & WB. Remaining Rs 11,092 crore is to all States as advance payment of Central share of 1st instalment of SDRMF: FM Sitharaman https://t.co/YZSztKApfB
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This fund is allowed to be utilized for organizing quarantine services, pattern assortment, and screening; organizing extra testing laboratories, the value of consumables; buy of non-public safety tools for healthcare, municipal, police and hearth authorities; buy of thermal scanners, ventilators, air purifiers, and consumables for presidency hospitals, the assertion stated.
The home ministry stated with a view to creating out their extra funds to the state governments for taking preventive and mitigation measures for containment of COVID-19, the central authorities on March 14 has already made a particular dispensation for utilization of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).
The central government is delicate to the necessity for offering meals and shelter to homeless individuals together with migrant laborers, who’re stranded as a result of lockdown measures, the assertion stated.
The central government on March 28 had requested the state governments and union territory administrations to make the most of state catastrophe response funds, the place Rs 29,000 crore has been allotted for the subsequent fiscal, for offering meals and shelter to migrant employees hit by the 21-day lockdown due to coronavirus outbreak.
The central government, below the management of the prime minister, is extending all crucial help to the states in a well-timed method to cope with an unprecedented world disaster which is said to be a “pandemic” by the World Health Organisation, the statement said.
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