Home Ministry, FinMin to release over ₹28,000 cr to States

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on April 03, 2020

Union Home Minister Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah has approved the release of ₹ 11,092 crores under the State Disaster Risk Management Fund (SDRMF), to all States.

“The Central Government has released in advance its share of first instalment of State Disaster Risk Management Fund for the year 2020-2021, amounting to ₹Rs. 11,092 crore, with a view to augmenting funds available with the State Governments,” an official statement said.

On March 14, the Ccentre had made a special dispensation for utiliszation of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) to combat Covid-19.

“This Fund was allowed to be utilised for setting up quarantine facilities, sample collection and screening; setting up additional testing laboratories, cost of consumables; purchase of personal protection equipments for healthcare, municipal, police and fire authorities; purchase of thermal scanners, ventilators, air purifiers, and consumables for Government hospitals,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the Finance Ministry has also released a total of ₹17,287.08 crore to different States to enhance their financial resources during the Covid-19 crisis. This includes ₹6,195.08 crore on account of ‘revenue deficit grant’ under 15th Finance Commission recommendations to 14 States


Published on April 03, 2020

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