New Delhi, May 1 (MNN) The Indian government has released in advance the first installment of Rs 8,873.6 crore as the central share in the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for 2021-22 fiscal to all the states.
The Department of Expenditure in the Ministry of Finance did this following the recommendation of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the government said.
Normally, the first installment of SDRF is released in June as per the recommendations of the Finance Commission.
The amount was released without waiting for the utilisation certificate of funds provided to the states in the last financial year.
Up to 50 per cent of money released – Rs 4,436.8 crore — can be used by the states for COVID-19 containment measures.
The money from SDRF can be used the states for various measures like cost of oxygen generation and storage plants in hospitals, ventilators, air purifiers, strengthening ambulance services, COVID-19 hospitals, Covid care centres, consumables, thermal scanners, personal protective equipment, testing laboratories, testing kits, and containment zones etc.