Centre releases 11.092 Cr to States to fight COVID

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Union Home Ministry has released Rs 11,092 crores under the State Disaster Risk Management Fund (SDRMF) to all States following the assurance given yesterday by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi during the video conference with Chief Ministers.

According to the details available, the Central Government has released in advance its share of the first instalment of State Disaster Risk Management Fund for the year 2020-21, amounting to Rs. 11,092 crores, with a view to augment funds available with the State Governments for taking preventive and mitigation measures for containment of COVID-19.

The Centre on March 14 has already made a special dispensation for utilization of the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF). This Fund was allowed to be utilized for setting up quarantine facilities, sample collection and screening; setting up additional testing laboratories, cost of consumables; purchase of personal protection equipment for healthcare, municipal, police and fire authorities; purchase of thermal scanners, ventilators, air purifiers, and consumables for Government hospitals.

The Centre has also directed the state to provide food and shelter to homeless people including migrant labourers stranded due to lockdown in the country. Accordingly, on March 28, the Centre allowed the States Government to use SDRF for this purpose also.